2019 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

2019 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall on September 20, 2019. Photos by Tom Pich


A man stands on a dark stage playing the balafon and singing.

Balafon player and djeli Balla Kouyaté opens the concert. Photo by Tom Pich


Two women sing on a stage in front of a mariachi band comprised of a guitarist, bassist, trumpet player, and violinist.

Tejano singers Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodríguez (left) and Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas of Las Tesoros de San Antonio perform with Mariachi Esperanza. Photo by Tom Pich


A man and a woman sit in chairs on a stage having a conversation. The man is in traditional regalia of the Crow Nation and the woman is in a red, patterned shirt and pants.

Grant Bulltail with concert emcee Queen Nur discuss the storytelling traditions of the Apsáalooke or Crow people. Photo by Tom Pich


A man in a cowboy hat and jeans sits in a chair on a stage, singing into a microphone. To his left watching are a man in a State Park Manager uniform and a woman in a red, patterned shirt and pants.

Tennessee Folklife Advocate and State Park Manager Bob Fulcher and concert emcee Queen Nur were joined by musician Daniel Hicks to celebrate the folk traditions of the Western Appalachia Fulcher helped to support over his career. Photo by Tom Pich


A man stands at a podium on a stage. To his left on a screen is photo of a group of 12 men and women posing for the camera on a stage.

Tony Chauveaux, senior deputy chairman for programs and partnerships at the National Endowment for the Arts, describes the ceremony for the 2019 Heritage Fellows that took place earlier in the week. Photo by Tom Pich


A man sits at a table doing leather work with a small mallet. A woman stands over him and watches.

James F. Jackson demonstrates how he creates his intricate leatherwork designs to concert emcee Queen Nur. Photo by Tom Pich


An arrangement of works of art made of leather  are displayed.

Leatherwork by James. F. Jackson. Photo by Tom Pich


A man plays the accordion and sings alongside a band comprised of a fiddler, a guitarist, and a tamborine player. Two women and two men wearing traditional Basque clothing perform a traditional dance in front of the band. A woman stands in the back, watch

Dan Ansotegui (on the button accordion) with musician and dancers from Boise, Idaho, perform traditional Basque music and dances. Photo by Tom Pich


A man sits on a stage behind a stump of wood and next to a woman. On his left is a table with carved decoy ducks at various stages of completion. On his right are six completed decoys on a  table.

Wildfowl artist Rich Smoker explains his process for carving duck decoys to concert emcee Queen Nur. Photo by Tom Pich


Two completed, carved and painted decoy ducks.

Decoys by Rich Smoker. Photo by Tom Pich


A woman sits in a chair holding up bells and smiling. A man stands next to her, playing a drum that he holds between his legs.

A forerunner in the Black Storytelling Movement, Mama Linda Goss tells a story with drummer and storyteller David Fakunle. Photo by Tom Pich


Two women sit in chairs on a stage having a conversation. Next to them are five embroidery pieces depicting different scenes.

Colcha embroiderer Josephine Lobato explains how she uses this stitch to create pictorial narratives about Hispanic life in Colorado’s San Luis Valley to concert emcee Queen Nur. Photo by Tom Pich


An embroidery piece titled El Milagro de San Acacio.

Colcha embroidery by Josephine Lobato. Photo by Tom Pich


A woman dances in the front of the stage. Behind her in the center, a man in white plays the balafon. A band of four surrounds him, comprised of a vocalist and men playing the kora, ngoni, and calabash and other percussion instruments.

Balla Kouyaté (center), balafon player and djeli, performs with other musicians and dancers from Mali. Photo by Tom Pich


Four women and six men stand on a stage, addressing the crowd. Behind them is a projection of their photo and a band comprised of a vocalist, men playing the kora, ngoni, and calabash and other percussion instruments, and a dancer.

The 2019 National Heritage Fellows (left to right): Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodríguez, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, Rich Smoker, Josephine Lobato, Balla Kouyaté, James F. Jackson, Mama Linda Goss, Bob Fulcher, Grant Bulltail, and Dan Ansotegui. Photo by Tom Pich