NEA National Heritage Fellowships

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 2009

  • The Birmingham Sunlights, a five-man, four-part harmony a cappella gospel group, was formed in 1978 by Music Director James Alex...

  • Edwin Colón Zayas is known internationally as the master of the cuatro, the national instrument of Puerto Rico. The cuatro,...

  • Pandit (a term used to denote a master) Chitresh Das was schooled in the North Indian dance tradition, Kathak, from...

  • LeRoy Graber learned to weave willow baskets from his grandfather, Jacob Graber, who came to the Dakota Territory from the...

  • "Queen" Ida Guillory was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, into a family of Creole rice farmers. As a child, Guillory...

  • The name Dudley Laufman is so closely associated with the contra and barn dances of New England that most long-term...

  • Amma D. McKen has been a lifelong member of a vibrant community who describe themselves as Yoruba traditionalists or Lukumi,...

  • Bette Ramsey, wife of the late cowboy poet and 1995 NEA National Heritage Fellow Buck Ramsey, says of Joel Nelson,...

  • Teri Rofkar, whose Tlingit name is Chas' Koowu Tla'a, was born into the Raven Clan. As a young child, she...

  • Mike Seeger, the 2009 recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship, stands out in a family of...

  • Sophiline Cheam Shapiro is an exceptional dancer, vocalist, teacher, and award-winning choreographer in the Cambodian classical dance form. A master...