Come join us and experience the culture and artistry of the Native American people
at the 12th annual Sarasota Native American Indian Festival
January 18,19,20 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.
We are excited to share that Robert Mirabal will be joining us. Robert is a Pueblo Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. He began making flutes at the age of 19, and his flutes are world renowned. Robert performs world wide, sharing flute songs, tribal rock and writings/storytelling. He resides on Taos Pueblo and participates in the traditional ways and rituals of his people. Aside from his artistic talents Robert is a father and a farmer.
A true renaissance man, Robert has dedicated his life to expressing himself through his art. He has a unique talent for merging mystical elements of ancient cultures with modern influences in his music. He keeps a foot in both worlds, effortlessly drawing upon both for inspiration. Robert brings the traditional sounds and culture of his people to share with Sarasota for a unique event we will all remember.
Welcome back Red Boys who are our host drum this year.
We watched these guys grew up on the powwow circuit and are honored to have them as they represent the next generation of traditional drummers, dancers and cultural educators. They will be doing demonstration dancing as well as crowd participation dances and education through out the weekend.
We also have Anthony Aleman
who carries traditional Yidaki and has been playing and hand-crafting (digeridoo) for over 13 years, and has an incredible passion for the history and deep traditions behind what many experts consider to be the oldest instrument in the world–the didgeridoo."Please explore Anthony's instruments and music at westwindvibes.com
JJ Otero from the Dine'h(navajo) Hopi nation is coming to join us. JJ is a Nammy award winning Guitarist along with a fine metal and wood smith...
JJ Brings the Native Blues guitar to the mix...
Our guest artist is Jemez Pueblo sculptor Cliff Fragua from Jemez New Mexico.
"I have learned the secret of the stone through my cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, my work shows pride for the Pueblo culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. I have chosen stone as my medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. I feel the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits me to express myself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect an revere as embodied in the stone". Please visit Cliff's website here for his current available artwork...https://www.singingstonestudio.com/
Cliff is also an accomplished percussionist. JJ and Cliff will be performing together...
We are honored to have Sicanni Purizaca from the Incan nation joining us this year. Sicanni is 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 , He is also a Native American Model and Actor. Find more of Sicanni's music here
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.
We also have General Grant from the Cherokee nation. General is one of the few master wampum artists of his generation. You can find General's jewelry here... http://traditionalhands.com/
The art of Kimberly Bugg. Kimbery works in many mediums and is known for her beadwork skills...
Onondaga stone carver and leather artist Dave Farnham. Dave lives in Canada and is know for his soapstone sculptures and leather work.
Lola Rios Swimmer will be joining us with her feather artwork and paintings...Find more of Lolas artwork here...
The artwork of Cheyenne drum maker and leather artists Harry and Barbara Duran..
Sandy Buttry from Inner Mountain Stones & Wood will be joining us. Sandy is a gifted wire wrapper and natural material artist...her stone, goard and elemental art pieces are all one of a kind pieces...
Peace Pipe Traders will be with us for all your supply deeds...
Our Flute makers this year are...
We have Utah Farris joining us. Utah has been on the Native American flute maker scene for a lot of years...his flutes are some of the finest...
We also have Ray Woods from Island Flutes coming back this year...welcome back Ray! You can get lots of other supplies at Ray's Island Flutes booth...
And Allen Hollingshead Red Wind Flutes...
Come join our community...
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.
Purchase Tickets here or at the gate, $8 adult, $4 children 6-12, 5 and under are free. Hours are 10-5 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. For tickets and info:
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Here are some highlights from our 2018 Festival...
The 2018 Sarasota Native American Indian Festival takes place January 19, 20,21 2018 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, 34237.
"Come join us and experience the culture and artistry of the of the Native American people at the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival. Enjoy finding authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelery, sculpture, bead work and leather work, along with Native American food."
The 2018 Sarasota Native American Indian Festival takes place January 19, 20,21 2018 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, 34237
Friday 9-5, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5.
Adults $8, Children 6-12 $4, 5 and under free
Rick Bird and the Bird Choppers are returning as our host drum this year.
Richard Bird is known in the professional wrestling world as Rick Youngblood and has had a long successful career as a wrestler.
Rick's drum is known as the Bird Chopper.” Bird which is named after his Cherokee ancestor who fought for the Cherokee lands, "if it wasn’t for the ancestor’s steadfast opposition, the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina may not have ever been formed."
Rick is always working with children, passing the culture to the next generation. He will be bringing the newest members of his grandbaby tribe, who are all learning the dances, drum and flute in the circle. We are excited to see them again...
We are also honored to have three generations of the Mose family joining us this year, Allen Mose Sr., Allen Mose Jr,, and O Jay Moz. Rex and Allen Jr. became friends after Allen performed as the guest artist in the 2010 Indian Market.
Allen often shared with Rex about his young son Orian Jay, who was learning the songs and dances and how Rex inspired him. That young man is now an accomplished traditional singer and dancer and will be joining us this year.
Allen Mose Sr. is a traditional painter and educator. His work is a beautiful reflection of his people.
Life and art are the same for Allen Mose. “It is hard for me to isolate art: in the Native American world, art is part of life.”
He became a professional artist on the day he was discharged from the U.S. Military service: June 3, 1980. He was told his grandmother was near death, and he drew a picture of her which attracted the attention of other artists. He did not need to find another career.
Mose strives to incorporate his traditional navajo beliefs into his work. He uses a variety of media: charcoal, acrylic, oil, watercolor and his favorite, pastels. “Pastels,” said Moe, “are the pure pigment, the pure essence of color. You can mix them with a binder for watercolor or with oil.” When he does a paste, he uses the soft pastel first, then the medium, and then the hard for the details. He is very particular to make the details authentic. He says the young are not learning the traditions and the old are dying out, so it is his mission to keep the tradition pure.
Allen Mose Jr, (Navajo) Grammy Award Winning and Nammy Nominated Singer, Performer, Composer, Lecturer and Jeweler. Originally from the Navajo Nation. He is known across Indian Country as a respected pow wow singer/ song writer. For the last several years Allen has created his own new style of singing that has earned him listeners from across the globe. Allen has drawn upon his rich Navajo Indian heritage in establishing a reputation as one of North America’s foremost Native American Recording Artists.
Orian Jay Mose, (Navajo). Son of famed singer Allen Mose Jr, Orian is “The Youngest Native American Recording Artist In The History Of Native American Music”
and also “The First and Youngest Navajo To Be A Professional Recording Artist In The Main Stream Music Industry.”
He sings a blend of Northern Plains style with elements of Navajo social singing and presents songs that capture the excitement and energy of native youth across the country today. He is well known through out Indian Country as an accomplished native youth singer and a champion youth .
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Bird Chopper's, 2011, 2012
Rick and his family were with us in 2011, 2012 and it's great to have them back. Here are a few memories from those years...Rick and the Bird Choppers, Rick with his grandson, Kevin Locke also joined us that weekend...2012
and of course Rex being goofy...
This video clip from 2011 is titled "Throat of the Eagle", a story told by Rex. This clip has been left uncut or audio edited...
For more information on Rex's artwork please visit...http://www.firstfeathergallery.com
In Honor of Rex A. Begaye
The Sarasota Native American Indian festival will continue to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of Dine'h (navajo) artist Rex A. Begaye, its founder. Rex's remarkable gifts as a painter and educator were the inspiration for this event, focusing on bringing authentic Native American culture to Sarasota.