2010 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Celebration - Concert

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 24, 2009

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Texas-style fiddler Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor opens the concert. He performs with his wife, Ruthie, and his brother, Robert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Texas-style fiddler Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Concert emcee Nick Spitzer interviews Judith McCulloh about her career as a folklorist and editor at the University of Illinois Press where she spearheaded the renowned series Music in American Life. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Afro-Cuban drummer and drum builder Ezequiel Torres (second from right) performs with Radames Villégas, Marisol Blanco, Daniel Chavarría, and Aruan Torres. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Afro-Cuban drummer and drum builder Ezequiel Torres (far left) performs with Aruan Torres, Emmanuel Abiode Abioddun, and Eric-Todd Anderson. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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“Aunty” Gladys Kukana Grace’s students show off the lauhala (palm leaf) weaving skills they learned from Aunty Gladys. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Lauhala (palm leaf) weaver “Aunty” Gladys Kukana Grace. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Irish flute player Mike Rafferty performs with his daughter Mary and Willie Kelly. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Irish flute player Mike Rafferty. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Kamala Lakshmi Narayanan demonstrates 'shringaar' or love—one of the 'navarasas' or nine emotions depicted in bharatanatyam. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Rubica Aier (left) and her sister, Pooja Aier, students of Kamala Lakshmi Narayanan, perform. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Concert emcee Nick Spitzer interviews bluegrass musician Del McCoury. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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The Del McCoury Band. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Mary Jackson explains the art of sweetgrass basketweaving to emcee Nick Spitzer. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Mary Jackson’s intricately coiled baskets preserve the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry and continue to push the tradition in new directions. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy and Odadaa!, his classic Ga ensemble. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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The 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Photo by Michael G. Stewart