2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on September 30, 2016. Photos by Tom Pich

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A group of three people are on a stage, sitting in chairs and playing instruments.

From left to right: Mick Moloney (1999 National Heritage Fellow), Liz Carroll (1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow), and 2016 National Heritage Fellow Billy McComiskey open the concert.

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A group of three people sit at a table on a stage. A woman points to a basket she holds while the men on either side of her watch and listen.

2016 National Heritage Fellow Leona Waddell demonstrates how she weaves her white oak baskets to concert emcee Dan Sheehy, while Sam Peters, one of her apprentices watches.

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A white oak basket.

A handcrafted white oak basket made by 2016 National Heritage Fellow Leona Waddell.

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A woman speaks from a podium on the stage with the NEA logo on a screen behind her.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

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On a stage, there are two men. The man on the left is showing the audience his mallard flute. The man on the right is standing at a podium, listening to him speak.

A woman speaks from a podium on the stage with the NEA logo on a screen behind her.

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Five wooden flutes are displayed on a table.

Wooden flutes made by 2016 National Heritage Fellow Bryan Akipa.

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"2016 National Heritage Fellow and master huastecan son musician and advocate Artemio Posadas (second from left) performs with Mary Ann Zahorsky, Russell C. Rodriguez, and Delores Garcia. "

"2016 National Heritage Fellow and master huastecan son musician and advocate Artemio Posadas (second from left) performs with Mary Ann Zahorsky, Russell C. Rodriguez, and Delores Garcia.
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2016 National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord (center) talks about the tradition of Penobscot Nation ash and sweetgrass basketmaking with concert emcee Dan Sheehy, while her niece, Shannon Secord, demonstrates the process.

2016 National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord (center) talks about the tradition of Penobscot Nation ash and sweetgrass basketmaking with concert emcee Dan Sheehy, while her niece, Shannon Secord, demonstrates the process.

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Three hand-woven baskets displayed on a table.

Ash and sweetgrass baskets made by 2016 National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord.

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2016 NEA Heritage Fellow Bounxeung Synanonh (center) performs a traditional Laotian song on the khaen.

2016 NEA Heritage Fellow Bounxeung Synanonh (center) performs a traditional Laotian song on the khaen.

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A woman dressed in Tlingit regalia stands on a stage.

2016 National Heritage Fellow Clarissa Rizal describes her weaving process to the audience.

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On a stage, four women stand dressed in Tlingit ceremonial regalia with their backs to the audience. On the far right of the stage, a man stands at a podium.

Tlingit ceremonial regalia made by Clarissa Rizal.

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A group of 11 people are on a stage performing. Two of those people are dancing in front of the other nine, who are playing different instruments.

2016 National Heritage Fellow and Irish button accordionist Billy McComiskey (center) performs with family and friends.

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A group of four men stand on a stage. Two are working with the tools used, while another man speaks and a fourth man looks on.

2016 National Heritage Fellow and master shipwright Michael Vlahovich (second from right) with two of his apprentices and emcee Dan Sheehy.

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A man in an elaborate blue, feathered costume plays the tambourine and sings.

2016 National Heritage Fellow and Mardi Gras Indian craftsman and musician Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux.

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A group of  people stand on a stage holding hands with their arms raised.

The 2016 National Heritage Fellows take a final bow. (left to right) Bryan Akipa, Billy McComiskey, Artemio Posadas, Clarissa Rizal, Theresa Secord, Bounxeung Synanonh, Michael Vlahovich, Leona Waddell, and Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux.