12 FOLK ARTISTS TO RECEIVE $5,000 AWARDS
A dozen master American artists, from a Greek-born clarinetist in New York City to a porcupine-quill decorator from an Indian reservation in South Dakota, will receive $5,000 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for accomplishment in the folk arts.
The winners are:
--Eppie Archuleta of Alamosa, Colo., an expert in the old southwestern Rio Grande and more recent Chimayo styles of Hispanic weaving.
--Alice New Holy Blue Legs, a Lakota Sioux from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and a master of the nearly lost art of decorative Indian quillwork.
--Periklis Halkias of New York, a Greek-born “living archive of Greek music” and a leading exponent of the Oriental clarinet style.
--Jimmy Jausoro, a Basque accordionist from Boise, Ida., who founded the Oinkari Dancers in 1960 to perpetuate the songs and dances of his forebears in the Basque region in Spain.
--Mealii Kalama, a Hawaiian quilter from Honolulu whose distinctive designs hang in the Mauna Kea Hotel and the governor’s mansion.
--Lily May Ledford, an Appalachian musician and singer from Lexington, Ky., a claw-hammer banjo virtuoso who inspired Pete Seeger’s playing and pioneered the role of women in country music.
--Leif Melgaard, a Norwegian-born woodcarver from Minneapolis who was trained in the elaborate Gudbrandsdal carving technique traditional in his native land.
--Bua Sua Mua, a Portland, Ore., musician and a spiritual leader of the Hmong tribe that fled Laos for the United States.
--Julio Negron, a musician and maker of musical instruments from Morovis, Puerto Rico.
--Glenn Ohrlin, a cowboy singer, storyteller and illustrator from Mountain View, Ark.
--Henry Townsend, a black blues musician and songwriter from St. Louis.
--Horace (Spoons) Williams, a black spoons-and-bones rhythm player and poet from Philadelphia.