It’s a mountainous and leafy land. A land filled with legends and impossible stories where culture and mystery intermingle into traditions of forgotten origins
Nobody knows when or where the Joalduna (“cowbell” in Basque) character emerged, but it is now the central figure of the Carnivals in Ituren and Zubieta—two towns, with around three hundred inhabitants each, that appear to have been stolen from a folk story.
About fifty of those six hundred neighbours become the Joaldunak each year. They don waistcoats made of sheep skin, leather sandals known as abarcas, white skirts, and neck kerchiefs.
This very pagan celebration is rooted in witchcraft, enchanted forests and miraculous fountains.
Far from any political centre, their isolation helped preserve this festival in a different way than in the neighboring towns.
This surreal version is much more deeply connected to nature and the magical world.