Landaluce, Sabin

Mikel and Daniel Chertudi
Interview Location: 
Boise, Idaho
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Sabin was born in Gatika, Bizkaia on 27 October 1918 to Gregorio Landaluce and Ines Bilbao.  Sabin's childhood was divided between chores at home, going to school, and learning to play the txistu and tambourine.  By the time he was 12, he was playing the txistu at festivals in Gatika and surrounding towns.  He was teaching others to play not long afterward.  Sabin's father worked as a sheep herder and lumberjack in the United States, leaving his wife and two children in Gatika.  Sabin did not meet him until he immigrated to the US in 1952.

At 17, Sabin volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War.  He was taken prisoner when Bilbao fell in June of 1937, and carried out his sentence in Bilbao, Logrono, Burgos, and Morocco.  In north Africa, Sabin was part of a disciplinary road building crew.  He was released after seven years and ten days.  Home again, Sabin met his wife, Milagros, at a romería near Mungia.  They married in 1948 and Sabin started a short career as a chauffeur.  His father, who was still in the United States, arranged for him to immigrate four years later.

Not fond of sheep, Sabin spent only 12 days at the Nicholson lambing sheds in Kuna, Idaho before heading down to a tungsten mine in Nevada.  He mined for a few years before finding work with Goicoechea in Hells Canyon, Idaho.  Sabin arranged for his wife to join him in 1957.  When she arrived, he and his father were staying in a boarding house on Grove Street in Boise.  Sabin and Milagros settled in Boise, where they devoted themselves to raising a family and helping with music and costumes for the Oinkari Basque Dancers.

Audio Recording: 
Sabin Remember His Years as a Soldier and His Time in Prison After the War
Playing the Txistu and Tambourine
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