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Eppie Archuleta in her studio
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of weaver Eppie Archuleta, recipient of a 1985 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Bob McQuillen, contra dance musician and composer and recipient of a 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. McQuillen...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Bua Xou Mua, a Hmong musician and 1985 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Bua Xou Mua was born in 1915 in Ban Whoi Na, a village in northeastern Laos where his family had lived for...
Washington, DC — For one night each year, the National Endowment for the Arts invites the recipients of the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts to share their art forms with the public at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, which also is...
Washington, DC--Whether it's teaching the Numu language of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe at local schools or performing a ballad that dates back to the mid-17th century, the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows all share a passion for perpetuating and imparting to others the...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Lawrence McKiver, patriarch of the McIntosh County Shouters. This group received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 1993 and are one of the last, active practitioners of this...
2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Gladys Kukana Grace
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master lauhala (palm leaf) weaver Gladys Kukana Grace. Aunty Gladys, as she was known, learned the art of weaving lauhala from her maternal...
Mike Opacich in his studio
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2004 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master tamburitza instrument maker Milan Opacich. Opacich became interested in the tamburitza music of his Eastern European heritage as a teenager...
"The National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges with great sadness the passing of Roberto Martinez, Sr., who, together with his son Lorenzo, received a 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. An instrumentalist, singer, composer, teacher, and cultural advocate, Martinez...
Mike Auldridge performs at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
"It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master Dobro musician Mike Auldridge . Over the course of his celebrated career, Auldridge innovated the use of the Dobro, influencing the...

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