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Michal Shapiro. Photo by Bernard Levy There's a joke about a Jewish rowing team. They practiced obsessively, hoping to compete one day, but they could never break the records of the big colleges. When one of their members got accepted to Harvard, they told him, "Observe how they row,...
Text by Paulette Beete Images by Tom Pich Since the early 1990s, photographer Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, has traveled the U.S. meeting with and photographing NEA National Heritage fellows in their living rooms, in their studios, and in the landscapes that inspire them. Pich was inspired to take...
This week's podcast introduces us to Mau Piailug and his contribution to the revitalization of Polynesian culture. He is the subject of a documentary film by Na’alehu Anthony called Papa Mau: The Wayfinder . During the 1970s, a small group of Hawaiians formed the Polynesian Voyaging...
Boott Cotton Mills is a historic mill that has been turned into a museum and multiple-use space in Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo by Jonathan Parker
Lowell, Massachusetts, has long passed its 19th-century heyday as the largest planned industrial center in the United States. Although the city once roared with 10,000 looms, the local economy collapsed...
As we celebrate our 100th podcast---and St. Patrick's Day!--- today's podcast features National Heritage Fellow Liz Carroll , who has long been recognized as one of the great Irish fiddle players. Born and raised in Chicago, Carroll participated in informal Irish musical gatherings, called...
“In the Lakota language, there is no single word that translates to ‘art,’” said Peter Strong, director of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School . In an e-mail, he said that instead, “There are words that mean ‘bringing out the beauty’ of an object...
Crowds of people walking down the street and looking into various white tents lined up along the curb; an old church in the background.
"If you can't go to Market and be a culture broker, don't go to Market." That's NEA National Heritage Fellow Charles Carrillo's advice to the artists who participate each year...
Enthusiastic concertgoers at the tenth anniversary of FloydFest in Floyd, Virginia
"Floyd, Virginia is a place out of time ," said Kris Hodges, co-founder and producer of FloydFest , the epic, homegrown festival that blossoms in the small Blue Ridge Mountains...
If you don’t know what Grab Day is, then listen to this week’s podcast. It’s a conversation with Native-American filmmaker Billy Luther, who made the documentary GRAB . Luther grew up celebrating Grab Day with his father’s family in the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico. Grab Day...
Here I am with the 2011 NEA Heritage Fellows after the September 21 awards ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. (back row, l-r) Me, Yuri Yunakov, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Roy Hirabayashi, Ledward Kaapana, Bo Dollis, Jr. (representing his father Bo Dollis), Jim Griffith, Barry Bergey; (front...

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