National Heritage Fellows

Josephine Lobato
American Routes

This week on American Routes we're celebrating the National Heritage Fellows, past and present. It’s our annual tribute to great traditional artists, musicians, storytellers, and craftspersons, who have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1982. 


Nick Spitzer: Grant Bulltail, a 2019 Heritage Fellow is a native of Crow Agency, Montana, and comes from a family of storytellers who held the history of the Apsáalooke people. Grant spoke of his path in storytelling and sustaining his family’s traditions. 

Ofelia Esparza
American Routes

Every year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented Heritage Fellowships. It’s America’s highest award in folk and traditional arts. We’ll celebrate heritage in concert and conversation with Native American basket weaver Kelly Church, rodeo tailor Manuel Cuevas, and Day of the Dead altar maker Ofelia Esparza.

Koko Taylor
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. Each year, American Routes honors National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows. This week, host Nick Spitzer bring you conversations blueswoman Koko Taylor and rockabilly Wanda Jackson.