Washington DC. “For me receiving the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts is a sign of appreciation for everything that everybody has done aroun here". "We are living it (the Basque culture) and having fun and teaching others about it." "it gives me great satisfaction to see it continue and to know that the new generations are hooked on it, it will go on." "Not imitating what is done in the Basque Country, but instead taking what originated there and making it our own, living it our way, enjoying it and giving it a future among us.”
The National Heritage Fellowship awarded annually by the National Endowment for the Arts is the highest recognition awarded by the US government in the area of Folklore and Traditional Arts. To date, since it first edition in 1982, there have been six Basque Americans who have received this prestigious award. Jimmy Jausoro (1985), Jesus Arriada, Johnny Curutchet, Jesus Goñi and Martin Goicoechea (2003) and Dan Ansotegui (2019). The award also includes a cash prize of $25,000.
This video about Dan Ansotegui was shown at the awards ceremony: