On September 30, 2016, at 8:00 pm ET, the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows were honored at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Emcee'd by NEA National Heritage Fellow Dan Sheehy, the concert celebrated this year's recipients of the nation's highest honor in the folk & traditional arts: Dakota flute maker Bryan Akipa (48:07), Mardi Gras Indian craftsman and musician Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux (2:36:32), Irish button acccordionist Billy McComiskey (1:59:57), Master Huastecan Son (Mexican Musical Tradition) musician and advocate Artemio Posadas (1:03:51), Tlingit ceremonial regalia maker Clarissa Rizal (1:43:09), Penobscot Nation ash/sweetgrass basketmaker Theresa Secord (1:18:06), Laotian khaen (free-reed mouth organ) player Bounxeung Synanonh (1:30:32), master shipwright Michael Vlahovich (2:19:32), and White Oak basketmaker Leona Waddell (37:04).
A slide show of Tom Pich portraits of Heritage fellows past and present preceded the concert. The archive is set to start at the beginning of the concert.
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