Sarasota Native American Indian Festival

January 24, 2020
January 26, 2020
Sarasota Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34237
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Come join us and experience the culture and artistry of the Native American people at the 13th a
Annual Sarasota Native American Indian Festival January 24, 25, 26 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.
Welcome back Rick Bird and the Bird Choppers as our host drum this year. Rick is also well known for working with children, passing the culture to the next generations.  He will be bringing the newest members of his grand baby tribe, who are all learning the dances, drum and flute in the circle. We are happy they will be joining us again this year.
We are honored to have as our guest artist, Lowery Begay from the Dine’ (Navajo) Nation. Lowery learned the traditional Navajo ways from his grandparents and has been dancing his entire life. As a world champion hoop dancer and Northern Style Fancy dancer, Lowery has been a cultural educator, storyteller and drum maker while playing the Native Flute professionally for over 15 years.
Nammy Award winning artist JJ Otero will be joining us again this year. JJ's band, “Son Of Hwéeldi” which refers to “The Long Walk” (removal) of the Dine' people in the 1860s, brings a traditional Native voice to Rock & Roll and Blues/Raggae. He is also a fine silversmith and wood artist.
We welcome back Peruvian flutist SICANNI a musician who bases his music on spirituality that intends to touch The Soul in order to create a better world ruled by LOVE. He also compose his own music and has been playing the Native American flutes and Native Peruvian flutes for 25 years.
Harold Little Bird: Flute and story telling. Harold Littlebird is from Laguna and Kewa Pueblos in New Mexico and now resides in Florida. He has been making his award winning pottery for over forty five years. His work is entirely hand built using slab construction and added adaptions of traditional coil building. Harold's work in nationally recognized in many private collections and numerous museums throughout the country, including the prestigious Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
We are happy to have Frank Silverhawk from the Cherokee nation joining us and storytelling. Frank has been a part of the Florida Native powwow scene for many years, an old friend to many of us, welcome Frank.
Sarasota's own the Bird Tribe band will be joining us. The Bird Tribe's unique expansive sound is lyrically poetic with a mixture of heavy groove, Rock, Soul, and an Experimental feel.  The band is fueled by each member’s diverse musical upbringing and together Matthew Frost, Garrett Dawson and Bryan Bird”s soulful music is a beautiful journey through the spectrum of sound. They bring an exciting and uplifting energy, and a true love of sharing their art.
Enjoy finding authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, bead work and leather work, along with traditional dancing, singing, drumming, story telling and Native American food. 
This festival will continue to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist (the late) Rex A. Begaye, its founder. His remarkable gifts as an painter and educator of Native American culture were the inspiration for this event focused on bringing authentic Native American culture to Sarasota. 

Tickets online at our website ($8/$4 until January 19th)and at the gate, $10 adult, $5 children 6-12, 5 and under are free. Hours are 10-5 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. [email protected] facebook/sarasotanativefest

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    • Bus/Motorcoach Parking
    • Family Friendly
    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Pet Friendly
    • Public Restrooms
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