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Folklorist Jim Griffith from Tucson, Arizona, accepts the 2011 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Folklorist Jim Griffith from Tucson, Arizona, accepts the 2011 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. The Bess Lomax Hawes Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "The pre-eminent scholar of the folk arts of the cultures of the American southwest, Jim Griffith is a folklorist who has used his knowledge for the benefit of the public through books, exhibitions, media productions, and public events such as the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival." Photo by Tom Pich