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DiomedesMatos (left) shows off one of his handmade cuatros while playing with his son Pucho
Diomedes Matos has been referred to as the "master's master" cuatro maker. The cuatro , a distinctive 10-string guitar known as the national instrument of Puerto Rico, is played by...
2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Esther Martinez with daughter Josie, NEA Folk and Traditional Arts Director Barry Bergey, and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia
Known as Poe Tswa (Blue Water) and Kooe (Aunt) Esther, master storyteller Esther Martinez was a much beloved tradition bearer of the Tewa people. New Mexico state folklorist Claude Stephenson...
Doyle Lawson and his band harmonize
Raised in a musical household -- his parents were part of an a cappella trio and later his father formed a quartet -- Doyle Lawson decided to be a professional...
Henry Gray at the piano
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, blues pianist Henry Gray has performed for more than seven decades, having "played with everybody from the Rolling Stones to Muddy Waters." He has more than 58...
Delores Churchill is a Haida master weaver of baskets, hats, robes, and other regalia. Using such materials as spruce root, cedar bark, wool, and natural dyes, she creates utilitarian and...
Nuestra Señora del Pueblito de Queretaro (Our Lady of the Village of Queretaro) bulto by Charles M. Carrillo
A trained archaeologist, Charlie Carrillo developed his interest in santeros during a research project in the late 1970s. He explained, "As I read through documents I was fascinated with all...
Presentation of 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship awards at a September 14 ceremony in Washington, DC, clockwise from top left: Nancy Sweezy receives her award from U.S. Representative Ed Markey;...
Treme Brass Band
A celebration was underway as members of New Orleans's Treme Brass Band paraded through the aisles of the Music Center at Strathmore. The audience enthusiastically joined in, jumping to its...
Barry Bergey with Mavis Staples
"The class of 2006." That's the way Mavis Staples described herself and the other distinguished recipients of our nation's highest form of federal recognition of folk and traditional artists, the...
A young woman is suspended in the air against a backdrop of an open sky filled with clouds. Below is the tense surface of a raw hide trampoline pulled by many hands.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center was founded by the Alaska Federation of Natives in response to the need for a community gathering place for the state's native peoples. Sited on...

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