Folk & Traditional Arts

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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...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
St. Paul, Minnesota All photos courtesy Hmong Cultural Center, St. Paul, Minnesota A student performs on the qeej, a tradtional Hmong instrument. We recently spoke with Txongpao Lee, director of the Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota. Located in St. Paul, the Center serves the 52,000 Hmong (...
Aerial shot of the crowd at the Latino festival
Fifty-five mallets beat against fifty-five drums. Boom. Clack. Clack. Ba-da-da-da-dah, boom. Can you hear that? Da-da-da-DA-DA-DA. Boom! An occasional collective chant, " Batala !" rises up from the sea of...
December 16, 2009 Washington, DC As noted in an earlier post, Bess Lomax Hawes (1921-2009) was a fierce advocate for the folk & traditional arts, bringing a national focus to how *art works* at the local level. To cap off our celebration of the life and work of Ms. Hawes, we have posted two...
Nine person folk jam onstage
James "Bau" Graves wants you to understand -- the folk arts matter. They matter because they reflect who we are as U.S. citizens. They matter because they sustain our heritage...
For nearly 20 years, Tom Pich has crisscrossed the U.S. photographing NEA National Heritage Fellows in their homes, in their studios, in sites sacred to their communities and to their...
Jason Samuels Smith on stage trying out a step while Pandit Chitresh Das look on approvingly
As choreographers/dancers in the traditional arts, Pandit Chitresh Das and Sophiline Cheam Shapiro have feet in the past as well as the future. Both lead dance companies in their respective...
Country western band performing
Photos by Jessica Brandi Lifland The myth and legend of the cowboy is ingrained in American thought, from the Argentinean gauchos and Mexican vaqueros to the hands that handled cattle...

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