2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Celebration

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet, Awards Ceremony and Concert took place on September 12, 14 and 15, 2006

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Dieomedes Matos (third from left) with members of his family and Chairman Gioia at the Library of Congress banquet on September 12, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Dieomedes Matos (third from left) with members of his family and Chairman Gioia at the Library of Congress banquet on September 12, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Mavis Staples stands with Chairman Gioia and director of folk and traditional arts Barry Bergey at the Library of Congress banquet on September 12, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Mavis Staples stands with Chairman Gioia and director of folk and traditional arts Barry Bergey at the Library of Congress banquet on September 12, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Malcolm Knapp, representing the program sponsor Darden Restaurant Foundation. Photo by Tom Pich.

Malcolm Knapp, representing the program sponsor Darden Restaurant Foundation. Photo by Tom Pich.

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A view of the Great Hall of the Library of Congress with all guests seated for dinner. Photo by Tom Pich.

A view of the Great Hall of the Library of Congress with all guests seated for dinner. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Doyle Lawson with Chairman Gioia (left) and U.S. Representative William Jenkins (right) at the award ceremony on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Doyle Lawson with Chairman Gioia (left) and U.S. Representative William Jenkins (right) at the award ceremony on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Charles Carrillo with Chairman Gioia (left) and U.S. Representative William Jenkins (right) at the award ceremony on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Charles Carrillo with Chairman Gioia (left) and U.S. Representative William Jenkins (right) at the award ceremony on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Esther Martinez receives her 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia (left) and U.S. Representative Tom Udall (left) at an award ceremony in Washington, DC on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pi

Esther Martinez receives her 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia (left) and U.S. Representative Tom Udall (left) at an award ceremony in Washington, DC on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Members of the Treme Brass Band receive their 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia (4th from right) and U.S. Representative William Jefferson (5th from right) at an award ceremony in Washingt

Members of the Treme Brass Band receive their 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia (4th from right) and U.S. Representative William Jefferson (5th from right) at an award ceremony in Washington, DC on September 14, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Charles M. Carrillo explains his work as a <em>santero</em> to the concert's emcee, Nick Spitzer, at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Charles M. Carrillo explains his work as a santero to the concert's emcee, Nick Spitzer, at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Delores Churchill display her traditional Haida weaving to Nick Spitzer at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Delores Churchill display her traditional Haida weaving to Nick Spitzer at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver perform at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver perform at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Haida traditional weaver Delores Churchill with her granddaughters at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Haida traditional weaver Delores Churchill with her granddaughters at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Hula master George Na'ope performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Hula master George Na'ope performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Blues piano player Henry Gray performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Blues piano player Henry Gray performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Cuatro maker Diomedes Matos performs with his son Paco at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Cuatro maker Diomedes Matos performs with his son Paco at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Nancy Sweezy discusses her career as a folk arts advocate, scholar, presenter, and preservationish with Nick Spitzer at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Nancy Sweezy discusses her career as a folk arts advocate, scholar, presenter, and preservationish with Nick Spitzer at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Finnish kantele player Wilho Saari performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Finnish kantele player Wilho Saari performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Gospel, rhythm, and blues singer Mavis Staples performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

Gospel, rhythm, and blues singer Mavis Staples performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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The 2006 NEA Heritage Fellows at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

The 2006 NEA Heritage Fellows at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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The Treme Brass Band performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert rehearsal on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

The Treme Brass Band performs at the 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert rehearsal on September 15, 2006. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Malcolm Knapp, Doyle Lawson, folklorish extraordinaire Joe Wilson, Darden Restaurant Foundation representative Margot Knight, and Sue Knapp at the post-concert reception. Photo by Tom Pich.

Malcolm Knapp, Doyle Lawson, folklorish extraordinaire Joe Wilson, Darden Restaurant Foundation representative Margot Knight, and Sue Knapp at the post-concert reception. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Esther Martize, Nick Spitzer and Esther's daughter and grandson at the concert. On her way home from the activities in Washington, Esther was killed in a car accident. Photo by Tom Pich.