Come join us and experience the culture and artistry of the Native American people at the 11th annual Sarasota Native American Indian Festival. 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, drumming, story telling and Native American food.
Rick Bird and the Bird Choppers are returning as our host drum this year. Rick's drum is called 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 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 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.
Allen Mose Sr. is a traditional Dine'h (Navajo) painter, philosopher of Navajo culture and traditional medicine. 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.
This festival will continue to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist Rex A. Begaye, its founder. His remarkable gifts as an artist 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, $8 adult, $4 children 6-12, 5 and under are free. For more info: