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Basque Pelota sporting equipment
Basque Pelota sporting equipment
TitleBasque Pelota sporting equipment
DescriptionAbove: A wood bat called a Pala used in the Basque sport Pelota.
Pelota, the Basque national game, is played with a ball and a wall. It can be played with bare hands, like handball, or with bats called Palas. This pala was used in 1915-1920 in Boise.
Below: A Cesta, a woven basket type of paddle, used in another version of Pelota called Jai-Alai.
Jai-Alai is the most difficult form of Pelota. Instead of being struck, the ball is caught in a wicker Cesta and hurled back at the wall. This Cesta belonged to the famous Basque player Julian "Tarzan" Ubarlucea, who starred in Spain, Mexico City, and Nevanda in the 1940's.
Date1972 (Donated)
SubjectBasque Americans; Idaho (State); Pelota (Game); Sporting goods; Pala; Cesta
CoverageUnited States--Idaho (State)
Identifier1972.83.3 (Pala)
1972.83.5 (Cesta)
RepositoryIdaho State Historical Museum
ContributorsWashington State University Vancouver Information Services
Project Identifierwsuvi0315
Physical Description27 in. (length)
FormatOriginal photographs were taken with a Nikon D1X camera as 300 dpi TIFF files. The images were then converted into 72 dpi JPEG files through PhotoShop 6.0 and added to the CONTENT database at the WSU Libraries.
RightsTo obtain a copy of this item, or request permission to publish, contact the Idaho State Historical Society Library and Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise,ID. 83712-8250, 208-334-3356.
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