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Celebrating NEA National Heritage Fellow Ralph Burns

This month we’re celebrating the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Today we present a short film that takes an intergenerational look at Paiute culture, featuring 2013 honoree Ralph Burns, a master storyteller and tradition bearer of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The documentary is by filmmaker Regina Revazova, a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, who made the film as an independent study project on ethnic identity and American culture.

Ki Na Sumoowakwatatu (Never To Be Forgotten) from Reynolds School of Journalism on Vimeo.

You can learn more about Ralph Burns on the NEA National Heritage Fellows page on our website. Visit our News Room for information on attending our 2013 National Heritage Fellows Celebration Concert live—or online at—on Friday, September 27.


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