|Jose Miguel Barandiaran Aierbe
December 31, 1889|
||December 21, 1991
||Joxemiel Barandiaran Aierbe, Aita Barandiaran
||Anthropologist, ethnographer, priest
Jose Miguel Barandiaran Aierbe was a Basque Spanish anthropologist, ethnographer and priest.
Early life 
He was born in 1889 as the youngest of nine children to Francisco Antonio Barandiaran and María Antonia Ayerbe in the family baserri Perune-Zarre in Ataun.
Encouraged by his mother, he entered the priesthood aged 14 in Baliarrain and was ordained as a priest in 1914 in Burgos.
Career as an ethnographer 
Soon after being ordained as a priest, he took up ethnographical studies of Basque culture and archeology around 1916 in the Aralar Mountains. He carried out invaluable research into folk traditions and collecting accounts and tales related to Basque mythology.