2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Events

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Library of Congress
Concert: Friday, September 15, 2017 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium
All photos by Tom Pich

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Concert Photos
 

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Conjunto accordionist and bandleader Eva Ybarra (second from left) performs at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Also pictured: Joe Perez, Pedro Lopez, Sandy Rodriguez, and Richard Perez.

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Armenian repoussé metal artist Norik Astvatsaturoc explains his process to concert host Martha Gonzalez at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

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Jeff Peterson and Sean Robbins perform in honor of slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

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Danish button accordionist and Missouri-style fiddler Dwight Lamb (center) performs at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Also pictured: Bill Peterson, Nate Kemperman, Amber Gaddy, and David Cavins.

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Claudia Eliaza and Dan Zanes perform in honor of children’s folk singer and musician Ella Jenkins at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

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Bomba and plena musician Modesto Cepeda (center) performs with musicians and dancers from El Centro Cultural de Bomba y Plena Dr. Modesto Cepeda at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

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Old-time buckdancer Thomas Maupin performs with his apprentice Courtney Williams at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Also pictured: Casey Meikle, Daniel Rothwell, Austin Dewberry, and Danny Rothwell.

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Chilkat weaver Anna Brown Ehlers (center) displays weavings worn by her daughter Marie Ehlers (right) and friend Jacqueline Pata at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

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Acoustic blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

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The Heritage Fellows take a final bow at the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. From left to right: Concert host Martha Gonzalez, Norik Astvatsaturov, Modesto Cepeda, Anna Brown Ehlers, Dwight Lamb, Thomas Maupin, Phil Wiggins, and Eva Ybarra. (not in attendance: Ella Jenkins and Cyril Pahinui)

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Awards Ceremony Photos

 

Group photo.

Front row (l-r): Modesto Cepeda, Eva Ybarra, Anna Brown Ehlers, Dwight Lamb. Back row (l-r): Chelle Pahunui (accepting on behalf of Cyril Pahinui), NEA Chairman Jane Chu, Norik Astvatsaturov, Phil Wiggins, Thomas Maupin, NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Cliff Murphy, Bucky Halker (accepting on behalf of Ella Jenkins).

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Armenian repoussé metal artist Norik Astvatsaturov from Wahpeton, North Dakota, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Norik Astvatsaturov

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Bomba and plena musician Modesto Cepeda from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Modesto Cepeda

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Chilkat weaver Anna Brown Ehlers from Juneau, Alaska, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Anna Brown Ehlers

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NEA Chairman Jane Chu presents a medal to Bucky Halker on behalf of Ella Jenkins—children’s folk singer and musician from Chicago, Illinois—who was awarded a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Ella Jenkins

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Danish button accordionist and Missouri-style fiddler Dwight Lamb from Onawa, Iowa, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Dwight Lamb

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Old-time buckdancer Thomas Maupin from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Thomas Maupin

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NEA Chairman Jane Chu presents a medal to Chelle Pahinui on behalf of Cyril Pahinui—Hawaiian slack key guitarist from Waipahu, Hawaii—who was awarded a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Cyril Pahinui

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Acoustic blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins from Takoma Park, Maryland, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Phil Wiggins

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Conjunto accordionist and bandleader Eva Ybarra from San Antonio, Texas, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship from NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Eva Ybarra

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