2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Banquet

2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the Library of Congress on September 17, 2014. Photos by Tom Pich

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Group of 11 men and women pose , one row seated and one standing, for a group photo in the Library of Congress.

2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Front row, left to right: Kevin Doyle; Carolyn Mazloomi; Henry Arquette; Yvonne Walker Keshick; Manuel “Cowboy” Donley; and Vera Nakonechny. Back row, left to right: NEA Chairman Jane Chu; Rufus White; The Holmes Brothers—Sherman Holmes, Popsy Dixon, and Wendell Holmes; Rev. Samuel Jerry Colbert (representing the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware); and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Barry Bergey. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Woman presents a plaque to a smiling and waving older man.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu presents a plaque to 2014 National Heritage Fellow Henry Arquette.

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Woman presents a plaque to a man wearing a hat and a bolero.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu presents a plaque to 2014 National Heritage Fellow Manuel "Cowboy" Donley.

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Woman presents a plaque to three men in suits, one with his arm around her shoulders.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu presents a plaque to 2014 National Heritage Fellows the Holmes Brothers: (l-r) Popsy Dixon, Sherman Holmes, and Wendell Holmes.

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Large group of men and women seated in rows.

2014 National Heritage Fellows the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware at the awards ceremony.

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Man in a suit and green tie signs a large guest book.

2014 National Heritage Fellow Kevin Doyle signs the Librarian of Congress's guest book, which has been signed by visiting scholars, artists, heads of state, and Nobel Prize recipients.

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Woman in a green shirt embroidered with leaves speaks at a podium.

NEA National Heritage Fellow Yvonne Walker Keshick speaks to the guests at the banquet in honor of the 2014 Heritage Fellows.

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Woman in a black suit speaks at a podium to a large group of men and women seated at round tables.

NEA National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi speaks to the guests at the banquet in honor of the 2014 Heritage Fellows.

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Woman in a red vest and white embroidered shirt signs a large guest book.

2014 National Heritage Fellow Vera Nakonechny signs the Librarian of Congress's guest book, which has been signed by visiting scholars, artists, heads of state, and Nobel Prize recipients.

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In a large hall, three men stand on a stage singing in front of an audience of men and women standing at tables.

2014 National Heritage Fellow Rufus White and family members perform a song at the banquet.