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The Sarasota Native American Indian Festival Returns for 2016

Dec 31, 2015 12:58AM

The Sarasota Native American Indian Festival Returns for 2016 

Come celebrate the culture and artistry of the Native American people at the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival. This event will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on January 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and January 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. 

The festival will feature handmade arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, bead and leather work, jewelry and sculpture, along with authentic Native American food.   

In addition, Little Big Mountain and the Big Mountain dancers will return this year to share traditional Native American drumming, singing and various styles of dance throughout the weekend. Little Big Mountain is a fourth-generation dancer, singer and educator on Native culture. The Big Mountain family’s performances started during the mid-1800s when Little’s great grandfather performed with the famous “101 Ranch Buffalo Bill Show.” Will Harjo from the Creek nation will be the guest flute musician, and Nashville recording artist Traci Snowe will make a guest appearance to share her beautiful music throughout the weekend. 

This event will serve as a tribute to the extraordinary life of Rex A. Begaye, its founder. His remarkable gifts as an artist and educator of Native American culture were the inspiration for this bringing authentic Native American culture to Sarasota. 


Location: 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6–12, free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, call 941-928-7892, email [email protected] or visit 




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