Irulegi Irratia


  • Recording date: 1993-12-21
  • Owner: Euskarabidea-mediateka
  • Informant: Pettain, Mari, Nikolas, Alfonse.
  • Main theme: Shepherd on Christmas time.
  • Permission to query: Free
  • Permission to publish: Limited
  • Sound quality: Good
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Piece Time Summary
A01 00:00:00
(02.35") Pettain the shepherd would go down to the cabin at the beginning of December. At Xmas they would go to midnight mass on Xmas Eve. It was a two hour walk. They were in the cabin all of December and half of January. What they did there.They would feed the sheep in the morning always and again at night. If it snowed they would also feed them several times during the day.The fields and the hay would be worked in the summer. (11:35") They also had the cows in the same barn.They only went down to the village at Xmas. The food was taken up by family members by donkey. They would go up to the pass before May if the weather was good.
A03 00:24:00
(25:40") Nicolßs the Shepherd: his feelings and attitude to Xmas. If one was not at home, there was always a place in another house. When a shepherd was all alone there was a custom of inviting him to another house, but more at Easter than at Xmas. Nowadays the sheep business is different. The arrival of the car has made a big change.
A02 00:15:55
(18:52") Mari Gaetano was a shepherdess in Irupil. How Xmas was spent in the cabin. When the children were small both of them spent Xmas at home. Later her husband would be out in the fields and she would stay with the children. She has only been two or three times with her husband in the fields at Xmas.Bad weather caused problems at times when they were in the cabin. In May, after having gone up with the sheep, they had to come back down again.
A04 00:33:00
(36:35") Alfonso the shepherd has always spent Xmas with his family. Once he had to spend a winter on the land, but that was the only time.The fairs and the dealing are not like they were in the old days.(45:55ö) Farewells.
Track Time Listen to file
II-031a-A 46:57
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