2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Celebration - Award Ceremony & Banquet

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the Library of Congress on October 3, 2012

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The 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows

The 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows: Front row, left to right: dog sled and snowshoe designer and builders Paul and Darlene Bergren; klezmer clarinetist, mandolinist, and composer Andy Statman; Okinawan dancer Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone; dobro player Mike Auldridge; Tejano accordion player Flaco Jiménez. Back row, left to right: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Tidewater gospel group the Paschall Brothers (Renard Freeman, Jr., Renard Freeman, Sr., Tarrence Paschall, and Jimmy Lewis); Passamaquoddy basketmaker Molly Neptune Parker; master shipwright Harold Burnham; traditional arts advocate Al Head; and NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Barry Bergey. Photo by Tom Pich

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NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman (left) presents Mike Auldridge with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman (left) presents Mike Auldridge with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master musician, who brought the dobro to national attention, Mike Auldridge is a role model for younger bluegrass musicians who aspired to develop their individual expressive styles and a sought-after studio musician who has enhanced the creative work of dozens of slideing artists." Photo by Tom Pich

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and Senator Daniel Inouye present Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and Senator Daniel Inouye present Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "An internationally-recognized master of Okinawan dance who has performed this demanding art form for over 70 years, Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone is a tireless exponent of this dance tradition who has given over 1,000 goodwill performances for her community in Hawaii."

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NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman presents the Paschall Brothers (left to right: Jimmy Lewis, Renard Freeman, Jr., and Tarrence Paschall) with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship Award.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman presents the Paschall Brothers (left to right: Jimmy Lewis, Renard Freeman, Jr., and Tarrence Paschall) with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship Award. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "Singers who maintain the rich musical heritage that defines the Tidewater gospel tradition, the Paschall Brothers are a group whose songs are both a testimony to their belief and a tribute to their teacher, the late Rev. Frank Paschall, Sr." (not pictured: Renard Freeman, Sr.) Photo by Tom Pich

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman (right) and Congressman Mike Michaud present Molly Neptune Parker with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman (right) and Congressman Mike Michaud present Molly Neptune Parker with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master basket maker who deftly weaves ash splints into works of art that are both functional and fancy, Molly Neptune Parker is a teacher of young people who encourages her apprentices to both respect tradition and follow their own creative impulses." Photo by Tom Pich

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Flaco Jiménez celebrates his 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship with his family and band.

Flaco Jiménez celebrates his 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship with his family and band. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "An 'accordion king' who learned at the knee of this father, one of the pioneers of tejano music, Flaco Jiménez is an international ambassador for the music of South Texas and Northern Mexico." Photo by Tom Pich

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Roberta Shaffer, associate librarian at the Library of Congress, addresses the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows and their families at the banquet. Photo by Tom Pich

Roberta Shaffer, associate librarian at the Library of Congress, addresses the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows and their families at the banquet. Photo by Tom Pich

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Klezmer musician and composer Andy Statman performs for the guests at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet.

Klezmer musician and composer Andy Statman performs for the guests at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet. At the ceremony earlier that evening, Rocco Landesman said, "A master musician who has been a central figure in the revival and reinvigoration of the klezmer tradition, Andy Statman is a composer of melodies that are steeped in tradition, while simultaneously idiosyncratic and innovative." Photo by Tom Pich

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Paul and Darlene Bergren sign the Librarian of Congress's guest book which has been signed by visiting scholars, artists, heads of state, and Nobel Prize recipients for many years.

Paul and Darlene Bergren sign the Librarian of Congress's guest book which has been signed by visiting scholars, artists, heads of state, and Nobel Prize recipients for many years. At the ceremony earlier that evening, Rocco Landesman said, "Builders and designers of dog sleds that have been used by racing champions in the most demanding of cross-country races, including the Iditarod, Paul and Darlene Bergren are teachers of new generations of craft artists in the skills and knowledge needed for excellent design and bespoke construction." Photo by Tom Pich

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Flaco Jiménez and Daniel Sheehy, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and former NEA director of folk and traditional arts. Photo by Tom Pich

Flaco Jiménez and Daniel Sheehy, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and former NEA director of folk and traditional arts. Photo by Tom Pich

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Harold Burnham and his daughter at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet.

Harold Burnham and his daughter at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet. At the ceremony that evening, Rocco Landesman said, "An exacting craftsman who makes sure that local woods and local knowledge are hallmarks of the products of his work, Harold Burnham is a teacher who trains others in the maritime skills that have been passed down on the coast of Massachusetts for over 350 years." Photo by Tom Pich

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Al Head addresses the guests at the the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet.

Al Head addresses the guests at the the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet. Head is the 2012 recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship Award which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. At the ceremony earlier that evening, Rocco Landesman said, "An arts agency executive who has initiated folk arts programs in three states, Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama, Al Head is a tireless advocate for living artistic heritage as a key element in defining and expressing a state's shared cultural assets." Photo by Tom Pich