Folk & Traditional Arts

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In the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art sits on the campus of Salisbury University. A small museum, opened in 1975, the Ward Museum nonetheless...
Washington, DC Porcupine quill basket by Jeremy Frey. Photo by Theresa Secord Jeremy Frey is a Passamaquoddy basketmaker. Based in Maine, he specializes in ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as porcupine quillwork. As a young boy, Jeremy enjoyed drawing and woodcarving, eventually learning...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her...
Washington, DC The Carolina Chocolate Drops---(l-r) Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson---performing with NEA Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson (second from right). Photo by Lissa Gotwals The Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops are a bit of an anomaly. At the heart of their...
Tamejavi is not a word you will find in any English dictionary—or for that matter, a dictionary in any language—but it is a word full of meaning for many in...
Washington, DC Nick Spitzer interviews Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman at the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellows concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart In 2005, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her work and mastery as a Yiddish singer, poet, and songwriter. In...
The Wasco Nation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, has a legend about how their baskets got their distinctive designs. As basketweaver Pat Courtney Gold tells it, "A...
Washington, DC Afro-Cuban drumming, Bharatanatyam Indian dancing, and Bluegrass music are just a few of the folk and traditional arts that will take center stage in our live webcast of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert tonight, September 24, from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm EDT. Emceed by American...
Washington, DC It is all too appropriate that folklorist Judith McCulloh is receiving an NEA National Heritage Fellowship this year---she was on the original panel back in 1981 that recommended that the NEA begin awarding the fellowships! And even more appropriate that she is receiving the Bess...
Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...

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