2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner

2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Library of Congress on September 18, 2019. Photos by Tom Pich

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Group of 12 men and women pose for the camera on a stage with two banners saying "National Endowment for the Arts." The front row is seated and the back row is standing.

The 2019 National Heritage Fellows. (back row, left to right) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter, Bob Fulcher, Dan Ansotegui, Grant Bulltail, Rich Smoker, James F. Jackson, and National Endowment for the Arts Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy. (front row, left to right) Balla Kouyaté, Josephine Lobato, Linda Goss, and Blanquita (Blanca Rosa) Rodríguez and Beatriz (La Paloma del Norte) Llamas of Las Tesoros de San Antonio. Photo by Tom Pich

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Two women and three men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. A man in a white shirt wears a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Basque musician and tradition bearer Dan Ansotegui from Boise, Idaho, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2019 National Heritage Fellowship by Senator James Risch and his wife Vicki, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter (left), and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy (right) at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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A woman and three men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. A man in traditional regalia of the Crow Nation wears a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Crow storyteller and 2019 National Heritage Fellow Grant Bulltail from Crow Agency, Montana, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2019 National Heritage Fellowship by Senator Jon Tester, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter, and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy (far right) at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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A man  wears a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon while speaking into a microphone.

Folklorist and state park manager Bob Fulcher from Clinton, Tennessee, speaks at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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A woman speaks animatedly at a podium. Behind her on her right stands a woman, and to her left a man in a suit.

African-American storyteller Linda Goss from Baltimore, Maryland, speaks at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony, with National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy looking on. Photo by Tom Pich

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Two women and four men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. A man in the middle wears a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Leatherworker James F. Jackson from Sheridan, Wyoming, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2019 National Heritage Fellowship at the National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. (Left to right) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter, Senator John Barrasso, Representative Liz Cheney, James F. Jackson, Senator Mike Enzi, and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy. Photo by Tom Pich

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A woman and two men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The man in the middle wears a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Balafon player and djeli Balla Kouyaté from Medford, Massachusetts, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2019 National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. 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. A woman stands in the center wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Spanish colcha embroiderer Josephine Lobato from Westminster, Colorado, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2019 National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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A woman and two men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. A man stands in the middle wearing a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Decoy carver Rich Smoker from Marion Station, Maryland, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2019 National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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Three women and two men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. On their right is the American flag. On their left is the flag of the Library of Congress. The two women in the center wear medals with red, blue, and gold ribbons.

(left to right) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter, Representative Lloyd Doggett, Tejano singers and 2019 National Heritage Fellows Blanquita (Blanca Rosa) Rodríguezand Beatriz (La Paloma del Norte) Llamas, and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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A woman in a silver dress sings into a microphone.

Sheila Kay Adams, ballad singer, musician, storyteller and 2013 National Heritage Fellow performs at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

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A woman stands at a wooden podium. Behind her is a large blue and gold curtain and two banners that say "National Endowment for the Arts."

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici speaks to the Heritage Fellows and their families and guests at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Dinner. Photo by Tom Pich

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A man stands on a stage in front of a large blue and gold curtain playing a balafon that hangs in front of him on a cord.

Balafon player, djeli, and 2019 National Heritage Fellow Balla Kouyaté performs at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Dinner. Photo by Tom Pich