2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner

2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Library of Congress on September 26, 2018. Photos by Tom Pich

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imagefile	caption	altag 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner  2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Library of Congress on September 26, 2018. Photos by Tom Pich2018 NEA National Heritage Fel

Clockwise from top left: National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter, Marion Coleman, Eddie Bond, Don Roy, Kelly Church, NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy, Cindy Roy, Ethel Raim, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, Ofelia Esparza, Manuel Cuevas, and Barbara Lynn. Photo by Tom Pich

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Two women and a man stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The woman in the middle is wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Palestinian embroiderer Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim from Milwaukie, Oregon, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy.

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A woman stands on the side of the stage while a man speaks at a podium next to her and another man wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon looks on.

Congressman Morgan Griffith speaks about Appalachian old-time fiddler and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Eddie Bond from Fries, Virginia.

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Two women and a man stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The woman in the middle is wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Anishinabe (Gun Lake Band) black ash basketmaker Kelly Church from Allegan, Michigan, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy.

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A woman in red wearing a medal with a red, blue and gold ribbon speaks from a podium

African-American quilter and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Marion Coleman from Castro Valley, California, speaks at the ceremony.

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A man wearing a medal with a red, blue and gold ribbon stands behind a podium

Rodeo tailor and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Manuel Cuevas from Nashville, Tennessee, speaks at the ceremony.

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Two women and a man stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The woman in the middle is wearing a flowered top and a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Chicana altarista (Day of the Dead altar maker) Ofelia Esparza from Los Angeles, California, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy.

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Two women and two men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The woman in the middle right is wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

R&B musician Barbara Lynn from Beaumont, Texas, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy (left), and Congressman Randy Weber (right).

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A woman speaks from behind a podium. Next to her on the stage is a line of chairs and nine other National Heritage Fellows sitting watching her.

Traditional music and dance advocate and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Ethel Raim from New York, New York, speaks at the ceremony.

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Three women and two men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The woman in the middle and man on the left are wearing medals with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Franco-American musicians Don and Cindy Roy from Gorham, Maine, are presented with medals in honor of their 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter (left), Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

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A man plays the fiddle on a stage with a banner reading "National Endowment for the Arts" behind him.

Cajun fiddler, composer, bandleader, and 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow Michael Doucet performs at the ceremony.

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A line of men and women stand in a line on stage.

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter with the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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A woman stands speaking behind a podium.

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter speaks at a dinner in honor of the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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A woman stands speaking behind a podium.

Elizabeth Peterson, director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress speaks at a dinner in honor of the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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A man and a woman smile from behind a podium.

2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Ethel Raim with NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy at a dinner in honor of the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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A woman stands speaking behind a podium.

2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord speaks at a dinner in honor of the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

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On a stage next to a podium a man plays the fiddle while a woman sits in a chair step-dancing on a board.

Franco-American musicians and 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows Don and Cindy Roy perform at a dinner in honor of the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows.