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2021 Sarasota Native American

Art & Music Festival

February 12, 13, 14

Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd

(located in the Back Field)

Come join us and experience the culture and artistry of the Native American people at the 14th Annual Sarasota Native American Art & Music Festival February 12, 13, 14th at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

We welcome back “The Red Boyz” as our host drum this year, a family of multi-generational traditional Native American educators and championship dancers sharing their culture with us for the weekend.

The drum songs and various categories of dance have social, emotional, and spiritual meanings that have been part of their ancient Indigenous culture for many generations. Passionately sharing these dances all their lives, they now pass down from their ancestors this legacy so we can learn and experience the way of the Native Indigenous peoples.

Harold Little Bird will bring traditional drumming/chanting, and story telling. He is from Laguna and Kewa Pueblos in New Mexico and now resides in Florida. Harold 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 is nationally recognized in many private collections and numerous museums throughout the country, including the prestigious Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

 

Joelle Clark from the Lakota nation will be story telling and educating about the Whisper n Thunder E-Rez emergency assistance program to raise funds for impoverished Native American families in need of heating costs during the winter.

We are honored to have 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 composes his own music and has been playing the Native American flutes and Native Peruvian flutes for 25 years.

We are excited to share that Teri Garrison will be joining us for the weekend. Teri is a unique and expressive singer who has performed with everyone from Willie Dixon to Willie Nelson. Teri is a long time resident of Maui, Hawaii where she performs whenever she’s not on the road touring.

 

 

 

Anthony Aleman, Indigenous from Honduras, has been playing and hand-crafting Yadaki (digeridoo) for over 15 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." Anthony is a professional didgeridoo player who plays all over the country. He also teaches classes on how to play the instrument, and for those that want to take it even further, he holds workshops on how to build your own didgeridoo. 

We invite you to discover and purchase authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture,bead work and leather work from our Native American Artisans. By supporting local artists, we support the culture and future for the next generation. Enjoy traditional dancing, singing, drumming, story telling and Native American food while experiencing our circle of Native American artists, educators and musicians.

General B. Grant, enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. General Grant has been an independent artist for over 40 years. He is gifted with multiple talents and known for his high standard of quality in everything he get’s involved in. General Grant specializes in Wampum Jewelry. Visit their gallery here...

Felix Duenas was born in Ecuador from the Inca Nation.  His artwork is a dance of color, energy, and light. Felix is enjoying his freedom to paint which is presently his first passion in life. His lifelong development and love for color is vividly expressed in each painting, combining mixed media, contemporary, abstract in style.

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Lola Rios brings her beauty and vision as an artist through breathtaking images of long hairs and hand painted feathers. She will also be face painting for the kids...

Sandy Buttry will be joining us with her unique handmade stone creations and wire wraps

Paul & Natalie Mitchell with Wild Sage Jewelry bring authentic one of a kind pieces from many artists and intricate handmade feather work by Natalie. She is also known for her handmade herbal soaps and lotions.

Come join us for a very special concert Saturday February 13th from 6-10 pm. We are hosting our First Annual “Sarasota Native American Music Concert”. This is a separate ticketed event. (Tickets are $15 or festival/concert combo $22 (children free).

The great Stevie Strings, guitarist/bass from the Allman Brothers Band is debuting his new band “the B.S.Ho's (aka Baldwin, Strings & Hoek). These guys are amazing and going to bring some much needed Rock & Blues medicine to the Festival.

The beautiful Teri Garrison performing her soul stirring music with longtime friend Richy Kicklighter.

We also have “The Huntoon's” debuting a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Allman Brothers. Barbara has been coordinating this event with (the late) Rex A. Begaye since it's inception in 2008. On the 8th year of or Beloved friends passing we bring music to the festival  a dream come true as a vocalist to bring our music to this event.

 

Sicanni will be performing his traditional flutes from the Andes. 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, PEACE , HONOR and RESPECT. He also composes his own music and has been playing the Native American flutes and Native Peruvian flutes for 25 years , He is also a former Native American Model and Actor. 

 

Anthony Aleman will be sharing his medicine through the Didgeridoo.

We will also have Harold Littlebird from the Peublo nation sharing stories and traditional drumming and singing.

We will have two cultural food booths to explore Indigenous cuisine....and Native FRY BREAD!!!

Garrett Cadao from 'Precious Plastics” will be onsite with his environmentally brilliant plastic shredding machine that turns our trash into usable items and supports our efforts to be a green event.

 

 

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 at the gate, $10 adult, $5 children 6-12, 5 and under are free. Military and 1st Responders $8

Festival Hours

 Friday 10-5                                  Saturday 10-5                                Sunday 10-5

Evening Concert Saturday 6-10pm

Concert $15         Festival/Concert Combo $22

Bus/Motor coach Parking

Family Friendly

Handicapped Accessible

Pet Friendly (on a leash) Pets prohibited in the circle. Thank you for respecting Cultural Tradition.

Public Restroom