Basketmakers Teri Rofkar of Sitka, AK and LeRoy Graber of Freeman, SD are recipients of the 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowships. These annual $25,000 awards are given to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowships recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
Teri Rofkar is a Tlingit basketmaker and Raven's Tail weaver. Leroy Graber practices the art of German willow basketmaking from his home in Freeman, South Dakota.
Congratulations to both of the winners.