Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Flagler County Native American Festival ~ 2016

Flagler County is hosting its second annual Native American Festival at Princess Place complete with dancing, weapons demonstrations, wildlife exhibits, encampments and displays.
The festival will run Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is organized by the Flagler County Parks and Recreation Department and by the Deep Forest Native American Experience.
“There will be some new exhibits this year,” said Frank Barbuti, Flagler County Parks and Recreation manager. “Wrede’s Wildlife Center (Sebring) is bringing Thunder, the Bald Eagle.”
More than 50 tribes will be represented from North and South America at this family-friendly event, which offers both entertainment and education.
“We will have storytellers and Jody Gaskin will play the flute,” said Jim Sawgrass Boettner, Deep Forest Native American Experience. “My son, Cody (Boettner) will perform his hoop dance. He was just named one of top 10 in the nation in a competition at the Heard Museum (of American Indian Art and History) in Phoenix.”
Festivities will begin each day in the Pow Wow Arena with traditional dance and a ceremony for veterans. Children will be invited to participate in the “candy dance.”
But dancing won’t be the only action.
 There will be demonstrations on a variety of weapons, blacksmithing and flint knapping, the official term for making arrowheads. Visitors can round out their experience by visiting the wild horse rescue area, pony rides and shopping at the trading booths. Food and refreshments will be available.
Besides Flagler County and Deep Forest Native American Experience, this year’s sponsors include Waste Pro, Palm Coast Signs, Site One Landscaping Supply, Acme Trophies, Kompan Playground Solutions, Ripple Effect, Class A Printing, WNZF Radio and Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches.
General admission is $5 per carload, up to four, and $1 for each additional passenger. A free shuttle service is available from the parking area to the event. For more information, call 386-313-4020.  

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