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Peter Kyvelos 2001. Photo by Tom Pich
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Peter Kyvelos , an oud maker from Bedford, Massachusetts, and recipient of a 2001 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Kyvelos...
A man in a red checkered shirt plays the guitar
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Eddie Kamae , Hawaiian musician, composer, filmmaker, and recipient of a 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Eddie Kamae...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Dorothy Trumpold , a rug weaver from East Amana, Iowa, and recipient of a 2001 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Trumpold grew...
A woman stands on a shore wearing a woven blue and yellow blanket.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Clarissa Rizal , a Tlingit ceremonial regalia maker, from Juneau, Alaska, and recipient of a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional...
A woman stands in a field twirling while wearing a black and white woven robe.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Tlingit weaver and basketmaker Teri Rofkar from Sitka, Alaska, recipient of a 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Teri...
Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez sits in a wheelchair, holding a guitar and smiling, in front of a large group of communitiy members and performers wearing colorful and elaborate Aztec costumes.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Chicano musician and culture bearer Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez , recipient of a 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. A musician...
A woman sitting in a chair holds a quilt
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Bettye Kimbrell, a quilter from Mt. Olive, Alabama, and recipient of a 2008 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Kimbrell was...
A man in a purple shirt and gold and black vest sits behind a musical instrument made up of eight small gongs.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 1995 NEA National Heritage Fellow Danongan Kalanduyan from San Francisco, California. Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan was born May 1, 1947, in the fishing village of Datu Piang in the...
Photo collage of the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows
Washington, DC —One of our country’s greatest qualities is the diversity and richness of our cultural heritage, ranging from artistic traditions that have been practiced here for hundreds of years to those newly introduced by recent immigrants. Nine of these unique traditions...
Woman in traditional dress holding a woven basket and standing in a large field.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Passamaquoddy basketweaver Clara Neptune Keezer . In addition to teaching dozens of young people her skills, Keezer made significant innovations to...

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