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The Scholars & Iron Podcast


Sep 20, 2020

Indigenous strength sports have been around for hundreds of years—if not a millennia—with nearly every culture claiming their own. Most, if not all, of these sports are centered on lifting or throwing ancient agricultural equipment, such as stones, oxcarts, and axes. As our modern economy continues to evolve and change, it's worth asking the question—what will become of these ancient sports under a changing and unpredictable economy? I spoke with Maeve Eguzkia, a Basque-American, who’s a competitor in powerlifting, Scottish Highland Games, as well as Herri Kirolak—or Basque popular sports, to learn more about the Basque and their national games.