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Wilho Saari performs on the kantele
Washington native Wilho Saari's great-great-grandmother, Kreeta Hapasalo, popularized the kantele in her native Finland in the 19th century, supporting her 11 children with public performances throughout Finland and appearances at...
George Naope watches one of his students perform a traditional Hawaiian dance
George Na'ope's full name is George Lanakilakekiahiali'i Na'ope, which means "the protector of things of Hawai'i." As a kumu hula, Na'ope has taken this charge quite seriously for nearly six...
DiomedesMatos (left) shows off one of his handmade cuatros while playing with his son Pucho
Diomedes Matos has been referred to as the "master's master" cuatro maker. The cuatro , a distinctive 10-string guitar known as the national instrument of Puerto Rico, is played by...
2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Esther Martinez with daughter Josie, NEA Folk and Traditional Arts Director Barry Bergey, and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia
Known as Poe Tswa (Blue Water) and Kooe (Aunt) Esther, master storyteller Esther Martinez was a much beloved tradition bearer of the Tewa people. New Mexico state folklorist Claude Stephenson...
Doyle Lawson and his band harmonize
Raised in a musical household -- his parents were part of an a cappella trio and later his father formed a quartet -- Doyle Lawson decided to be a professional...
Henry Gray at the piano
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, blues pianist Henry Gray has performed for more than seven decades, having "played with everybody from the Rolling Stones to Muddy Waters." He has more than 58...
Delores Churchill is a Haida master weaver of baskets, hats, robes, and other regalia. Using such materials as spruce root, cedar bark, wool, and natural dyes, she creates utilitarian and...
Nuestra Señora del Pueblito de Queretaro (Our Lady of the Village of Queretaro) bulto by Charles M. Carrillo
A trained archaeologist, Charlie Carrillo developed his interest in santeros during a research project in the late 1970s. He explained, "As I read through documents I was fascinated with all...
Presentation of 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship awards at a September 14 ceremony in Washington, DC, clockwise from top left: Nancy Sweezy receives her award from U.S. Representative Ed Markey;...
Treme Brass Band
A celebration was underway as members of New Orleans's Treme Brass Band paraded through the aisles of the Music Center at Strathmore. The audience enthusiastically joined in, jumping to its...

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