Folk & Traditional Arts

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teacher in the classroom in a moving with three students behind
Just outside the lunch room of a Philadelphia public school you might find former Tibetan Buddhist monk Losang Samten -- a 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow -- practicing the ancient...
view of street crowd from behind the band
Each year, in cities from Butte, Montana, to Richmond, Virginia, hundreds of thousands of people converge, not to see the latest rock band or the hottest movie star but to...
Three male and one felamle dancers high-stepping left to right
It's no surprise to see renowned companies such as American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet on the roster of those that have received support for dance projects from the...
People sit at small looms
Diane Bowman is executive director of Española Valley Fiber Arts (EVFA), a site on the north central loop of New Mexico's Fiber Arts Trail. A nonprofit membership organization, EVFA functions...
Woman in front of a blanket
Spanning approximately 1,400 miles in three regions, New Mexico's Fiber Arts Trail highlights the work of the state's many fiber artists working in traditions such as weaving, basketry, and quilting...
Nancy Sweezy
The long list of seminal events in Nancy Sweezys extensive career includes the founding of the crafts organization Country Roads, the revival of North Carolinas historic Jugtown Pottery, and the...
The Treme Brass Band
For more than 15 years, the internationally known Treme Brass Band has been part of New Orleans's sound, whether playing jazz funerals down the city's streets or performing for packed...
Mavis Staples shows her singing prowess
When Mavis Staples heard that she'd received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, her first thought was, "Well, Pops, you know, you're the cause of all of this." She was referring...
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...

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