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Friday, October 17, 2014

NEA Artworks Podcast Features Yvonne Walker Keshick

In June, we wrote about Michigan native artist Yvonne Walker Keshick's appointment as a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. This month, the NEA podcast, Artworks, featured her work further. Keshick sat down to discuss her artistic origins, family history, and the logistics of quillwork.

To Our Sisters quillwork box, Yvonne Walker Keshick, 1994
Yvonne Walker Keshick is the first Michigan tradition-bearer to be recognized with the NEA National Heritage Fellowship since Nadim Dlaikan in 2002, Lebanese-American nye (reed flute) musician. Keshick, a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa, is one of the finest quillwork artists in North America. She is a 1992 recipient of a Michigan Heritage Award (MHA) from the MSU Museum, the state’s highest honor for tradition-bearers who sustain cultural practices with excellence and authenticity.

The podcast is available for streaming on the NEA website here, or download the podcast by clicking here.