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NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Audrey Chicone hold an awards plaque for Pauline Hillaire.

NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Audrey Chicone, representing her mother, Pauline Hillaire. At the awards ceremony, Shigekawa said, "Recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes Fellowship in recognition of her lifelong efforts at preserving the language and culture of the Lummi Nation, Pauline Hillaire is a living library of the stories, songs, and language of Northwest Coastal artistic expression. She is a tireless teacher of young and old through performance, writing, and mentorship."