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The NEA National Heritage Fellows and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage have a long, intertwining history. Many of the National Heritage Fellows have been participants in the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, going back to its beginnings in 1967, and more than a hundred of the fellows are featured musicians on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

The Center and the NEA Folk & Traditional Arts program have long worked in tandem to provide opportunities for broad public recognition of our nation’s accomplished traditional artists. The following videos from our collection capture just a few of the extraordinary NEA National Heritage Fellows who have taken part in the Festival and in Folkways recording projects over many decades.

  • Rahim AlHaj on the Making of “Running Boy” from Letters from Iraq
  • Rahim AlHaj Discusses the Importance of Iraqi Music
  • An-Sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble
  • Michael Alpert with The Brothers Nazaroff
  • Dewey Balfa: Cajun Waltz
  • Dewey Balfa Performs at the 1976 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Chuck Brown Band: “Bustin’ Loose,” A Tribute to Chuck Brown
  • Nati Cano’s Mariachi los Camperos performs “Mexico Lindo”
  • Interview with Nati Cano
  • Liz Carroll: Three Reels and an Air
  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins perform “Dog Days of August”
  • Elizabeth Cotten performs “Freight Train”
  • Michael and David Doucet and Mitchell Reed perform “Parlez Nous a Bois non Parl du Marriage”
  • Michael Doucet and the BeauSoleil Quartet: Cajun Reel Medley
  • Green Fields of America: “Sanctuary”
  • José Gutiérrez and Los Hermanos Ochoa: “La Bamba”
  • Juan Gutiérrez and Los Pleneros de la 21 perform “El Testigo”
  • Dolly Jacobs and Rafael Palacios “On Wings of Love”
  • Legend and Legacy: Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar with Ledward Kaapana
  • Agustín Lira & Alma: “Los Zapatistas”
  • Kevin Locke: Native Hoop Dance
  • Los Texmaniacs: “México Americano,” A Tribute to Flaco Jiménez
  • Ellie Mannette: Father of the Modern Steel Drum
  • Roberto Martínez: Corrido and Interview
  • Mick Moloney and Billy McComiskey with Green Fields of America
  • McIntosh County Shouters: Spirituals and Shout Songs from the Georgia Coast
  • McIntosh County Shouters: “Jubilee”
  • Artemio Posadas Performs “El Gusto” with Dolores Garcia and Pablo Quiroz
  • Mike Seeger performs “Walking Boss”
  • Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Band Perform “Little Birdie”
  • Andy Statman Trio with Jerry Douglas: “Surfin’ Slivovitz”
  • The Paschall Brothers rehearse “I’ll Be Satisfied”
  • The Paschall Brothers perform “God Said He Would Move”

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