2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner

2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Library of Congress on September 28, 2016. 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.

2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Front row, left to right: Billy McComiskey, Clarissa Rizal, Leona Waddell, Theresa Secord, and Artemio Posadas. Back row, left to right: NEA Chairman Jane Chu, Bryan Akipa, Michael Vlahovich, Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux, Bounxeung Synanonh, and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy.

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A woman places a medal around the neck of another woman.

Senator Lisa Murkowski presents a medal to 2016 National Heritage Fellow Clarissa Rizal.

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A woman sits in a chair on a stage performing on the fiddle.

1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Liz Carroll performs at the awards ceremony.

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A woman and a man stand next to each other on a stageposing for a photo. The man is wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu and 2016 National Heritage Fellow Michael Vlahovich.

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One woman and a man are standing on a stage. The woman on the left is speaking at a podium, presenting the man on the right to the audience.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu introduces 2016 National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas.

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Two women stand together on a stage posing for a photo. One woman is wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu and 2016 National Heritage Fellow Leona Waddell.

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A woman and a man stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The man is wearing a hat and a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu and 2016 National Heritage Fellow Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux.

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Two women are standing on a stage. The woman on the left is putting a medal around the neck of the woman on the right.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu presents 2016 National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord with a medal.

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One man stands on a stage, at a podium, playing the flute.

2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Bryan Akipa performs at a dinner in honor of the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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A man stands on a stage at a podium performing on the khaen, while two other men stand beside him, one playing a drum.

2016 NEA Heritage Fellow Bounxeung Synanonh performs at a dinner in honor of the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows.