NEA National Heritage Fellowships

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 2016

  • A man playing a flute.

    “When I looked at the mallard flute for the first time, I was so amazed. I could not imagine that...

  • A man in an elaborate head dress.

    Take me downtown on the battlefield; and when you meet ‘em that morning you’d better not kneel.”

    Joseph Pierre...

  • Headshot of a man

    I didn’t learn this tradition; I was born into it.”

    Billy McComiskey is a world-renowned accordion, or “box,” player and...

  • A man in a starw hat playing a small string instrument.

    "I don't know why I was drawn to the son huasteco. I believe it was the falsetto that really got...

  • Headshot of a woman

    “After learning Chilkat, I gained the art of patience, the way of gratitude, and the act of compassion. The universe...

  • Headshot of a woman

    From pack baskets woven with curved bellies to fit the sides of our birch bark canoes to fancy Victorian art...

  • A man poses with an instrument made from long reeds.

    “[The khaen] keeps me connected to my culture. It gives me peace, as well as connects me to the Lao...

  • Headshot of a man in a wool cap.

    “When what you know as a master is your greatest treasure, it’s kind of a matter of your inheritance. Who...

  • Photo of a woman holding a woven basket

    You know, I've always thought that if you're going to make a basket and put that much work in it,...