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Bo Dollis, Jr., son of Mardi Gras Indian Chief Bo Dollis of New Orleans, Louisiana, accepts the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award on his father's behalf from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Bo Dollis, Jr., son of Mardi Gras Indian Chief Bo Dollis of New Orleans, Louisiana, accepts the 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award on his father's behalf from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. (Bo Dollis was unable to attend the ceremony.) At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A musical ambassador for New Orleans who is known simply as 'Big Chief', Bo Dollis is a master creator of the intricate suits worn during the street parades and celebrations of Mardi Gras. A vocal artist who has led the Wild Magnolias, his music has influenced rhythm and blues and popular artists from the region and beyond." Photo by Tom Pich