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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...
Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast , is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Simon Shaheen , possibly the greatest Arab musician of his generation. A virtuoso on both the violin and the oud, Simon is a creative force who moves effortlessly from traditional...
by Glenn Moomau Glenn Moomau. Photo by Sam Holden When I heard that self-described “guitar man” Warner Williams was to be included in this year’s class of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows, I called my best friend down in Montgomery County, Maryland, to ask after the now...
Rocco caught a fish THIS big at the Silver Salmon Camp. Photo by Sven Haakanson As you read yesterday , my first day in Alaska was truly jam-packed. The pace didn't let up! On the second day of our trip with the Rasmuson Foundation, we went to Bethel, and a small town nearby called Napaskiak,...
“John and Joe." Video courtesy of StoryCorps No one needs to be reminded that this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As we sift through the innumerable commemorative articles, exhibits, blog posts, and installations, we are shaken into remembering what that day really felt like...

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