NEA National Heritage Fellowships

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 2005

  • The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, awarded Eldrid Skjold Arntzen the Gold Medal for rosemaling (literally rose or "to...

  • Earl Barthé is a fifth-generation architectural artisan whose great-great grandfather came to New Orleans from France, via Haiti. A self-identified...

  • Affectionately known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown pioneered a musical blend of Latin beats, African call-and-response chants, rhythm...

  • Janette Carter has spent a lifetime supporting and promoting traditional music of the Appalachian region. Her parents and Aunt Maybelle...

  • Michael Doucet, fiddler, composer, and bandleader, is perhaps the single most important figure in the revitalization of Cajun music in...

  • Jerry Grcevich, born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, studied tamburitza (Croatian string music) with his father and uncle, both...

  • Wanda Jackson

    Wanda Jackson was born in Maud, Oklahoma, a small town near Oklahoma City. Her father played piano in bar bands,...

  • Grace Henderson Nez has lived her entire life in a hogan at the base of Ganado Mesa on the Navajo...

  • Herminia Romero

    Herminia Albarrán Romero learned the art of papel picado (Mexican paper cutting) as a child growing up in the small...

  • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman was born in Vienna, Austria, but she was raised in pre-war Chernovitz, Romania, one of the centers of...

  • Albertina Walker, known as the "Queen of Gospel Music," was nominated for an NEA National Heritage Fellowship by her church,...

  • James Ka'upena Wong is known in Hawaii as a chanter, a "keeper of the word" and thus the language, but...