Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

From the Director

Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

From the Director

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On September 17, 2014, Henry Arquette received the highest award that this nation offers to folk and traditional artists. A maker of utilitarian baskets held in high regard by his Haudenosaunee Mohawk community, Henry Arquette was one of nine award honorees for 2014, and the only artist from New York State to receive the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for 2014. In a gala ceremony and banquet, Mr. Arquette received his award surrounded by three generations of his family members. This is the first time in the history of the award that a representative of the Mohawk Nation has been honored in this way. (See photo of Henry on p. 45)

Begun by the founding director of the Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bess Lomax Hawes, the National Heritage Awards have a 32-year history of awarding excellence within folk and traditional arts. During this time, New York artists have been well represented (see www. nyfolklore. org/tradarts/neafellow-ny. html), and Henry joins this group as the 33rd recipient from New York, out of the 386 so honored since 1982.

My colleague, Steve Zeitlin has mused that our actions as folklorists often create ripples, which reveal themselves long after the project or program has faded in people's memories (personal conversation, n.d.). Like traditional arts themselves, the ramifications and outcomes of traditional arts learning and exposure sometimes take years, if not generations, to germinate and become apparent. …

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