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A Look Back: NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concerts

On September 15, we're celebrating the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Even more exciting? Tickets are now available! (Concert and ticket info here.) If you've never been to this free event, you can expect to see a dazzling array of American art forms, many of which are rooted in traditions from around the globe. At this year's concert for instance, you'll hear the sounds of bomba music and Hawaiian slack key guitar, tap along with the rhythmic steps of a traditional buckdancer, and learn about the arts of Chilkat weaving and Armenian metal repoussé. To give you a sense of the concert's magic, you'll find photos from the past ten concerts below. Click here for our full collection of visual slideshows, or watch a video of last year's concert in full.

Man in blue feathered headdress and blue Indian costume

2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Mardi Gras Indian craftsman and musician Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux performs at the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Photo by Tom Pich

Woman performs a circus aerial trick

2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow and circus aerialist Dolly Jacobs performs at the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Man with cowboy hat plays guitar in front of microphone

2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Tejano musician Manuel "Cowboy" Donley. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Singers and musicians perform on a stage

The grand finale at the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert in Washington, DC. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

A man demonstrates how to use a dogsled

Terry Bergren, son of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows Paul and Darlene Bergren, demonstrates how to maneuver a dogsled crafted by his father. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Woman sitting in front of hanging quilt she has made is interviewed by a man

2011 NEA National Heritage and quilter Fellow Laverne Brackens is interviewed onstage by emcee Nick Spitzer. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Indian woman dressed in traditional garb dances a classical bharatanatyam dance

Pooja Aier, a student of 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Kamala Lakshmi Narayanan, performs at the 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Women dance while wearing traditional Cambodian attire

As part of the concert's grand finale, 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Cambodian classical dancer and choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro performs with dancers from the Khmer Arts Academy. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Man wearing Native headdress beats a handheld drum

2008 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Nez Perce drum maker, singer, and tradition-bearer Horace Axtell performs at the concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Close up facial shot of man as he plays fiddle

2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow and musician Joe Thompson performs at the 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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