The Storytelling Gifts of Esther Martinez

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Esther "Blue Water" Martinez, a linguist and storyteller from New Mexico who worked to preserve the Tewa people's native tongue, was killed in a traffic accident over the weekend. She had just accepted the nation's highest honor for folk artists. She was 94.


Barry Bergey, director of Folk and Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts



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