PHOTOS: Experience Basque Country on the National Mall

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is celebrating Basque Country culture and society this year. Visitors can eat food and listen to music on the National Mall from June 29 to July 4 and July 7 to 10.

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The Folklife Festival takes place on the National Mall -- a short walk from the Washington Monument.
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A man-made boat, used in Basque country for fishing.
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Visitors crowd around a stand to learn how to make goat milk cheese.
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Chefs busily prepare traditional Basque cuisine.
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Crowds of visitors roam from tent to tent, learning about Basque culture.
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The festival offers an array of beer and wine -- both staple beverages in Basque culture.
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Two brothers play baleta goma, a popular and varied sport similar to racquetball in Basque county.
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Ingredients for Basque cuisine.
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A woman teaches how to work a Basque loom.
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A sheep hide hangs on a tent at the festival.
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The Folklife Festival takes place on the National Mall.
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A man and a young boy play a variation of baleta goma -- a popular Basque sport -- by hitting a rubber ball against a wall with their bare hands.
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Two volunteers teach the craft of weaving -- a vital component to life in Basque country.
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A man crafts wood into useful ornaments and tools,
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