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Festival-goers enjoy day of everything Native American

Published on: December 7, 2017

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Elders Jack Sanders Jr., a Cherokee, and Karlee Holzheimer, an Onondaga Iroquois, right, and members of the Harry Littlebird family give visitors a preview of the upcoming full processional during an intermission period at the recent Native American Intertribal Cultural Festival at Redhawk Ranch.

By LOIS KINDLE

Bud and Brenda Hoshaw, owners of RedHawk Ranch in Wimauma, once again brought in native dancers from as far away as Peru for the recent 3rd annual Native American Intertribal Cultural Festival.

Vendors sold wares from tribes throughout the country to crowds clamoring for authentic items like jewelry, flute music, drums, woven blankets and more over the two-day event.

Thousands of visitors learned about tribal culture and watched Native Americans in full regalia dance in the main arena. This year, in response to feedback the Hoshaws received from past events, each day’s programming featured additional performances.

Open year-round, RedHawk Ranch is at 4110 C.R. 579 S., Wimauma. For more information, call 813-997-9639 or 813-638-5347 or visit www.thenativewayshop.com.

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Harry Littlebird, of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, dances with his sons Giovanni, left, and Harry Littlebird IV, during the 3rd annual Native American Intertribal Cultural Festival at RedHawk Ranch in Wimauma.

Dressed in their native regalia, members of the drumming group the Red Boys perform Dec. 2 at the Native American Intertribal Cultural Festival.

Native American festival-goers saw this dramatic wood sculpture by Rod Green, a former international chain saw champion.It was made from a grandmother oak severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in September at Redhawk Ranch.

Sicanni Purizaca, of the Inca tribe in northern Peru, sells one of his original flute music CDs to massage therapist Mary Supplee, of St. Petersburg, during the Native American Intertribal Cultural Festival at Redhawk Ranch.

New signage greeted festival visitors this year at Redhawk Ranch, 4110 C. R. 579 S., Wimauma. The grounds are open to the public year-round for respite, picnicking, drumming circles and other activities. For information, call 813-997-9639 or 813-638-5347.

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