Franklin College journalism professor Hank Nuwer has published a new book titled Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey about sheep ranchers who emigrate from Spain to Idaho.
The plot follows two teenage Basque brothers, Anton and Nikki, who are on the run from the Spanish government when their stepfather sends them to herd sheep for a widowed sheep rancher in Idaho. Once they arrive in Idaho, the brothers clash with a wealthy but corrupt cattle rancher who is trying to drive the sheep herders off the land.
Nuwer took a sabbatical in 2009 to research the Basques. He visited many places in the Western United States, as well as the Basque homeland in Spain. He has previously accompanied Basque herders to “trail” sheep.
“One of the herders I stayed with on the range in 1979 had lived through the bombing of Guernica in 1937,” Nuwer said. “That was the inspiration [for the book]. I was so moved by the destruction of a whole city by the diabolical dictators Hitler and Franco.”
Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey will be published by Shalako Press and will be available in January in a print copy and on Kindle through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Hank Nuwer is an associate professor for Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism. Along with his research on Basque history and culture, he is also a leading expert concerning anti-hazing.
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