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Jerry Sipes
· February 4, 2018
The event is getting huge! Crowds are growing every year and it’s is awesome to see Native culture celebrated. After discovering my Montaukett roots I have a newfound desire to research all native cul...tures. However, future events really need to start keeping up with the demand. The vendors have remained the same from what i can tell. This year the vendors, refreshment vendors in particular, are starting to be overwhelmed and the wait for food items is becoming a distraction. We waited in line for at least 30 minutes for food on two separate occasions. I am sure there are other vendors that could be added to help the wait times. I also noticed a distinct lack of vendors who sell clothing items such as regalia and ribbon shirts etc. that would be nice to see at future events. But overall it is a great event. See More
Rebekah Suarez
· February 4, 2018
Culture of the American native Indians is one that teaches us and many of their herbal medicines that are on the rise for health issues. I enjoy each one and pow wows are something I look forward t...o. This location is pretty awesome, wide open and roomy. Loved it and had lots of fun. See More
Hamilcar W. Figueroa
· February 4, 2018
It was first for me and my family, certainly not the last. Yes, food lines a bit long but worth the wait. Paying tribute to our veterans was awesome but being able to join and dance in the circle with... you was a once in a lifetime experience. The dancers were very educating and knowledgeable. Thank you, looking forward to next year See More
Emalee Gabriel Perkins
· February 3, 2018
This was a wonderful event. The performers,the food, location, vendors... everything was great. I needed this type of experience today. A day filled with unity, respect, celebration, and peace. Thank ...you! I can’t wait till next year and I’m going to do more of these with my friends and family! See More
Dcd Wave
· February 4, 2018
I have gone to this event several times. The crowd was bigger this year. I enjoyed the dancing & drumming. There were more vendors than last year & there was a great selection of goods. There is one a...rea for improvement: food. The wait for food throughout the day was over an hour so unfortunately I never got to eat fry bread 😩 Also there was only one table for sitting to eat. There needs to be more seating for older people who cannot sit on ground. Hope this is improved next year. See u there!! See More
Cami Jaen-Sepulveda
· November 3, 2017
We had a great time in Spring 2017. Can't wait to go again. The vendors are really nice and the dancing was awesome. The Performances at pow wows have always been my favorite.....well ok that and the ...fry bread. See More
Griscell Deviney
· February 4, 2018
It was my first time and it was great. More people need to go and experience the great culture of the American Natives of our country. It needs to be taught in schools also. Native Americans have a lo...t of knowledge on natural cures for a lot of things. The movies have not done the native Americans justice. See More
Beth Mac
· February 4, 2018
I thought it was overall good. Lots of vendors and bathrooms, which was terrific! I was disappointed with several things though. 1.) Not enough food vendors. There were some people I met that h...ad waited 1.5 hrs. For food. 2.) Not very many dancers and only 1 drum.
Most people don't understand the meaning behind the songs, clothing, etc., so its good to explain things. However, that brings me to my third thing...3.) Only explain things at the 1st grand entry of the day. Then if people are interested, they can look up the details on the website. Less talk and MORE DANCING!
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Ernie Evans
· February 5, 2018
The festival was educational and very entertaining. The crowd seemed to also be fascinated at the culture of our ancestors. Thanks to the Brooksville Native American Festival for preserving our rich heritage.
Vic Shahid
· February 4, 2018
I brought my wife and mother-in-law and we were all very excited to see the dancing and such. There was 20 minutes of talking and 5 minutes of dancing, which was a disappointment. Vendors were VERY pr...oud of the trinkets they were selling. A lot of missed sales due to prices. Lower the price a couple of dollars and sell twice as many. Tried the Arepas. They were "different". We were hoping to find something that the Native Americans would have made. Don't recall reading that mozzarella cheese was readily available back then. Besides, Arepas are a Cuban dish, not Native American. No places to sit to eat, and the ground wasn't very appealing after you've watched a dog urinate on it. See More
Megan Shelton
· February 4, 2018
This was an amazing experience. The Aztec Dancers were by far my favorite. The music, dancing and sharing of the Native American culture was phenomenal.
Ainee Sy Litherland
· February 4, 2018
We had a great time at the event :) I like that the focus was about the Native American Culture. I like that they explained the dances and what it meant.
Genaro Lasanta
· February 3, 2018
Truly a blessing to final go! Had a wonderful time, and everyone was pleasant. Thank you for sharing your tradition with us all.
Daisey Hockman Pittman
· February 4, 2018
This even was awesome. We enjoyed the dancing and the historical stories of the tribes. We enjoyed the vendors. The whole event was amazing. Definitely looking forward to going again m next year
Barbie Forbord-Groome
· February 4, 2018
It was chilly and windy day yesterday but didn't stop us from going and had a nice time exploring and watched the shows. Love their vibes, gave me the goosebumps. Thanks for the wonderful event and lo...oking forward to next year. See More
Carolyn Wynn Seabolt
· February 4, 2018
This was wonderful experience...... So amazing to witness such love and pride of the Native American Indian people..... ��
Karrie McHugh
· January 28, 2018
This is my favorite time of year. I love going and enjoying the food, crafts, and entertainment.
Cheryl Clanton
· February 5, 2018
Enjoyed every minute of the dancing. Loved explanation of the music and meanings. Here are some pictures I took.
Jamie Covyaw
· February 4, 2018
First time ever it was awesome seeing the dances .. Some rude vendors but other than that i really enjoyed ����
Brandon Carmichael
· February 5, 2017
This was our first trip here. The dancing was authentic and they had a huge amount of vendors (many were actually Native!) with a fantastic amount of handmade items for purchase... far more than any o...ther Native American Festival that we've visited in the past. They also had a good amount of food & drink vendors... one of which had the MOST authentic & delicious Fry Bread ever!!! We'll definitely plan to go again next year! See More
Lora Duguay
· February 3, 2018
Our family had a wonderful time at the festival! Thank you all so very much.
Liz Gutierrez
· February 6, 2017
I took my one year-old grandson to this festival for the first time and we had a magical time. We loved being invited to dance in the inter-tribal dance circle The food was great the vendors were a...wesome it was a very special day I highly recommend families to participate See More
Birdie Booker
· February 4, 2018
Not only was it beautiful and entertaining, but also educational. The crafts were wonderful also.
Pamela Bennett
· February 6, 2018
Enjoyed by all with great entertainment and education, food and crafts
Steven Poppick
· August 16, 2017
Great time for all. Good food good gifts and crafts Lots of dancing
Lori Bluma
· February 5, 2017
It was a lot of fun to watch the native american dancers and look around at all the nice stuff they had, as well as seeing their artifacts and their culture of how they lived and what it was about. I ...will be going back next year. Well worth the trip to spend a day there. See More
Julie McMullin
· February 6, 2017
My 17 yr. son is adopted. His adoption paperwork lists his biological maternal Grandfather as full blooded Cherokee. We try to do everything we can Native American related to educate him about his h...eritage.

I think this is the best festival our local area has to offer. It's obvious how much planning goes into it. The dancers and the costumes were beautiful. The ongoing educational monologue by the host is lighthearted and entertaining. I love that you keep the booths completely related to the theme and that they aren't filled with a bunch of tourist junk. Love looking at all the authentic items. The food trucks are great. Again keeping with the theme makes it something different and having them come from authentic sources as well. The only truck I'd like to see added is a roasted corn on the cob truck. There were a lot of those at the Native American festivals in Arizona and they're amazing. The locale is perfect providing the bleachers, very clean bathrooms vs. typical port-a- potties, shaded pavilion area. Reasonable entry and food prices AND no parking fee! Thanks to all involved for a lovely day!
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Nora Montano
· February 8, 2017
Had an amazing time ... lots of fun.. will see you guys next year for sure... I recommend for everyone to go and experience the culture... lots of vendors and food as well... love it .. thank you for ...an amazing time See More
Lorraine Williams
· February 6, 2017
This was our second year attending we really enjoyed it. The vendors were great the fry bread was awsome we loved the dance everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly my granddaughter who is 2 loved i...t as well we will be back every year. See More
Alya StrongHeart
· February 5, 2017
It was an amazing day with amazing native people .. You can feel them through their danses and great history! I enjoyed every minute of it!
Thank you for sharing such great history with us!
Thank you!
Dina Dreamcatcher
· February 5, 2017
This is going to be an annual event I will be attending for sure!!! Love the people, the dances, the regalias, the place, the ambiance and the food! We were fortunate to have awesome weather too!
Sheryl Brooks
· February 5, 2017
It was an awesome day. This was my first time attending and I had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect! The food lines were a bit long, but managed well. There could have been more seating but fo...lks were friendly and shared their space. The vendor texts were a little jammed and hard to manuever but we managed. The jewelry and art exhibits were exquisite. We'll definitely attend again next year. See More
Elissa Michelle Walker
· February 5, 2017
Enjoyed it, expected more native Americans... loved all the merchandise for purchase, oh please gotta fix the way food and drinks are done, long waits...will go again.
Jean Miller
· February 5, 2017
Couldn't have asked for a better day. The vendors were great and found lots of treasures. Enjoyed lunch from Grill on Wheels and dessert from Nicki's Fry Bread. Entertainment was superb! Can't wai...t for next year!! See More
Liz Rostek
· February 5, 2017
I loved it....; but getting way too big now!

Native Americans ,the different tribes, were very friendly!~~ Good show,loved the grass -dancing ,like always....

Waiting to meet you in New Port Richey ~~ Sims Park.
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Tammy Bishop Gregory
· February 5, 2017
.... The history lesson is so informative ....and funny!, the music, dancing,dress,treasures and food.... Phenomenal. This was our second year going. We will be back next year too.
Crystal Gillispie Little
· February 6, 2017
This was our first year attending the Native American Festival. It was fantastic & so educational. Thanks to all the performers & vendors that explained the meanings & beliefs of our ancestors. ❤️
Ruth Savage
· February 5, 2017
Love the location, entertainment, and food. Robert is Cherokee, so it's an opportunity to connect to his heritage. Another good job this year!
Arlene Cotto
· February 5, 2017
First year attending this event -- what a wonderful experience! Performers, artists, food vendors, music, dances, cultural education, crafts, and more. Thank you!
Dawn LaRoche Dawncoyote
· February 6, 2017
It's clean, the grounds. A large area for vendors. Good parking! The people putting it on are helpful with questions!
We drove 65 miles to see this!
O, the dancers were great!
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Now that we have caught our breath, we want to say thank you again to everyone that came out this weekend and made the festival a success. We had record attendance Sat and while we are extremely happy with that it did cause some unexpected problems. We will work on having some more food vendors and some more seating options.We will add some port-o-lets.This flu season has affected us as much as the rest of the country so a few of our dancers had to cancel so we were a little short but the ones that were there did a great job. All and all I think it was great weekend (despite the rain on Sun) and we look forward to doing it again. Hope to see you all there again.

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