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The following vendors have registered to participate in the 2021 Native Rhythms Festival. Watch this page as new vendors come on board to join this year's list of outstanding artists and craftspeople. Join our Native Rhythms Festival Facebook group to receive notification when new vendors are added to this list:


We can only imagine that we're wandering through our Vendor Village under the pines in Wickham Park, just to the east of the amphitheater, with the breeze carrying the music from the stage out among the tents. Keep that image in mind while you wander down among our 2021 vendors listed below. You can quickly pass (scroll) by and get a quick idea of what's available from the descriptions included with each entry. But, a number of our vendors are inviting you in for a video tour of their offerings. We have invited our vendor to provide a video tour of their booth, and beginning about 4 weeks before festival weekend, you'll find those videos posted below so that you can make that visit more personal.

We encourage you to visit our vendors' websites often.

Here are some shortcuts to the individual neighborhoods in our village:

Flute Makers
Arts & Crafts
Food Vendors
2021 Vendor Rules
2021 Vendor Village Map  (coming in early November)

[Click on the little square "corners" at the bottom right of the playing video  to expand it to full screen.]


Please read the 2021 Vendor Rules carefully. As at the last few years' festivals, we continue to be sensitive to vendor compliance with the 2010 amendment to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA) of 1990 and to the City of Melbourne's strict enforcement of the city's fire codes. Please read the Vendor Rules carefully and note that all vendors must be completely set up and ready for inspection by 9AM on Friday. 

There are several changes in this year's rules from last year's. Please read all rules carefully. To summarize a couple rule changes:

We are concerned by lingering risks arising from the coronavirus COVID-19 and its variants. In general, we will be guided by the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) current at the time of the festival. We also place one additional restriction on flute maker vendors: the general public will not be permitted to try (i.e., play) a flute until it has been purchased. The flute maker may demonstrate their flutes. See the vendor rules below for the details regarding this restriction. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.
We will continue to monitor vendor tents with awnings used to increase their booth size without including the increased booth area in their registration fee. Vendors must include the space under awnings used for merchandise sales when declaring their booth size and paying their fee. 
Our "vendor area" camping is available only for tents and self-contained trailers and RVs. In 2019 we had campers plugging into our vendor power and overloading the circuits. Campers, please do not plug into the vendor power. It causes disruption to other vendors' tents and is discourteous to their business.
Please note the time at which vehicles are allowed in the vendor area on Sunday afternoon. There are still guests wandering around so this practice is dangerous.

The text of the rules appear below, and may be downloaded through the links at the bottom of this page.

Flute Makers
Vendor Website Offering

4 Wind Flutes
Brad & Debbie Young


Wooden flutes
Flight Feather Flutes
Utah Farris
Native American style flutes, CDs, flute bags, artwork & wood carvings.
Joe Loftin Flutes
Joe & Cheryl Loftin
Native American style flutes, CDs.
Medicine Wind Music
George Tortorelli
Handmade, fine-tuned bamboo flutes and bird calls made from organic homegrown Florida bamboo.

Red Wind Flutes

Allen Hollingshead
Native American Style Flutes, flute bags, flute stands, Native welded art.
Spiral Flutes
Dave Graves
Bamboo flutes, accessories, small art dolls, percussion instruments.
Turtle Mound Flutes
John & Claire Ellis
Native American style flutes, Knock-About (PVC) Flutes, fleece flute bags, books, Johnny Kee CDs.
Willow Creek Woodcraft
Peter Churcher
Native American style flutes made from various woods and corian.
Woodsounds Flutes
Brent Haines
Exquisitely crafted wooden Native American style flutes.
Yanko Enterprises
Allan Yanko
Flutes, drums, bone carvings, raw hide painting, boxes.

Arts & Crafts
Vendor Website Offering

Bill & Susie Gingras
Handmade bone & stone traditional items; Handmade sterling silver jewelry.
DeLuna Arts
Paul DeLuna
Original art, handmade crafts, jewelry.
Gunny Sack Guitars
Tom Ransom
A variety of stringed instruments based on the cigar box design, including the "classical" 3-string cigar box guitars, 4-string concert and baritone size ukuleles, 2-string bass guitars, and 1-string Diddley Bow.
Inner Mountain Stones & Woods
Sandie Buttry
Only hand-crafted: altars, wands, rattles, wire-wrapped stones, twisted walking sticks.
Morning Crow Designs
Amber Dawn Waite
Variety of wood, electrified with 12,000 volts, to create lightning and tree patterns.

One Nation Art Apparel

Roland Dempsey

T-shirts and hats that promote love and unity, jewelry.
Overrocker Novelty
Betty Overrocker
Dream catchers, medicine bags, hand-wrapped stones & crystals, one of a kind healing jewelry custom made on site.

Pine Away Baskets
Carol Crotts & Rhonda Hasner

Handmade baskets & wall hangings made with Florida pine needles, embellished with pottery, jewelry, gourds, antlers, & other "found" things.
R&R Collectables
Becky Meyers
Native American jewelry, pottery, beadwork, art, T-shirts, dolls, etc.

RedHanded Trade
Pamela Bennett
Moundbuilder designs on gourds, tees, ribbon shirts and skirts, dance shawl, NA books, smudge botanicals, trade blankets, woven sashes.
Robin's Crafts
Robin John & Laura Manthe

Native made jewelry, pottery, drums, framed art, dolls, moccasins.

Ruth Ann's Southwest Treasures
Ruth Ann Motley
Hand crafted Native American jewelry.

Trailwalker Crafts
Dean & Tanya Morrison
Buckskin purses, pouches, lances, dance sticks, medicine wheels, sage & incense, vests, jackets, chokers & necklaces, breastplates, rawhide rattles, rawhide drums, walking sticks.
The Wickiup
Yvonne Long
Face painting, beadwork, pine needle baskets, jewelry, cornhusk dolls.
Wild Sage - Native American Jewelry
Paul & Natalie Mitchell
Handcrafted Sterling silver jewelry, handmade soaps & body products, feather art by Natalie, carvings.


Vendor Website Offering

American Indian Creation

Billy Whitefox (and Linda Prejeant)
Handmade flutes, jewelry, bags, dolls, CDs, handmade art, home decor, and much more.

Ed WindDancer

Gareth Laffely
CDs, DVD, Signature Flutes
Green Leppard Sales 
Dock Green Silverhawk & Cindy
CDs, Painted Ponies, jewelry, blankets, etc.
Lowery Begay
Drums, dream catchers, necklaces, CDs.

Painted Raven
Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris

Painted Raven CDs and merchandise, including backing tracks, T-shirts, magnets, stickers, guitar picks, instructional booklets for flute and guitar.
Randy Granger Music  
Flutes, CDs, T-Shirts, Rattles, Smudge.

Shelley Morningsong Music
Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle  

Music CDs beaded buckskin pouches, beaded earrings, my signature flutes, photo prints, posters.


Food Vendors
Vendor Website Offering

Ms O's Grill on Wheels

Ozetta & Garold Gipson

Frybread - Indian tacos & fruit filled, buffalo burgers & stew, fries & tots with toppings, hamburgers, hot dogs (chili, plain), drinks.
Slow & Low BBQ
Nicole Smith
Pork sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, ribs, French fries, loaded fries, okra, burgers, chicken tenders, mac-n-cheese, drinks.


Exhibitor Website Offering

Boy Scout Troop 520
Nancy Yost
Canned/bottled drinks: water, soda, coffee, hot chocolate

Brevard Backyard Beekeepers Inc.
Beekeeping educational displays. Tips to support honeybees and pollinators, Brevard Backyard Beekeepers Club information. Honeybee-related games/activities for kids. Local raw honey available for purchase.

Brevard County - Solid Waste Recycle
Recycle education information and give aways.
Peace Core Inc., dba bUneke
Mary Brotherton

Wild Horse Rescue Center
Diane Delano
WHRC sets up a corral with a live mustang to conduct demonstrations throughout the day. Info about wild horses, free posters, and booklets. Demos of working with wild horses. Informational and educational talks about the history of wild horses to present day. [non-profit 501(c)(3) organization]
Zonta Club of Melbourne
Sandy Michelson
Club programs include: Human Trafficking Awareness; Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women; Education & Awareness.

This year's Brevard commemorative Christmas ornament remembers the Field Manor home on Merritt Island. John R. and Eliza Field and their children were the first settlers in the area, moving here from Macon, GA after the Civil War.

2021 Rules for Vendors

The Native Rhythms Festival (hereinafter referred to the festival) organizing committee (hereinafter referred to as the NRF committee or the committee) invites all interested artists and crafters who agree to conform to the below rules to participate in our indigenous people’s music festival at Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL on November 12-14, 2021.

Requirements for all Artists

o   COVID-19 guideline compliance: Current projections do not anticipate full relief from concern over the spreading of the coronavirus COVID-19 virus and its variants by festival weekend. Guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are continually changing regarding wearing masks, social distancing, etc. We will apply whatever applicable CDC guidelines that are in effect on festival weekend.

o   This is a juried event. No new application will be approved without the submission of photographs of the artist’s work and booth. These photographs must accompany the registration application. Previous year vendors do not need to submit photographs.

o   Invitations for selected prior year vendors will be sent out during June, 2021. Open registration for all vendors opens July 1, 2021. Deadline for all vendor application with signed registration form and full payment will be October 1, 2021, unless prior arrangements have been made with the committee. (Payments will be refunded if the festival is cancelled due to Pandemic or other natural disaster.)

o   To ensure the highest quality of artists/crafters, we will be limiting the total number of arts/crafts vendors to 40. Of which, the number of flute maker vendors will be limited to 16 and the number of silver/turquoise style jewelry vendors will be limited to 5. These numbers do not include performers (who are provided a complementary booth as part of their compensation package), food vendors, or exhibitors.

o   Native Rhythms Festival offers flute makers the opportunity to display and sell flutes that they have made. Therefore, only registered flute maker vendors will be permitted to sell flutes, and they may only sell flutes carrying their own name or their brand name. Specifically, other arts/crafts vendors may not sell flutes made by someone else (such as High Spirits).

o   Special restrictions on Flute Maker Vendors for 2021: Due to concern about continued spreading of the coronavirus COVID-19 and its variants, the general public will not be permitted to try (i.e., play) a flute until it has been purchased. The flute maker may demonstrate their flutes. The commonly used plastic tube is not sufficient to prevent the passing of the virus because, when inhaling while playing, part of the inhalation comes in from the flute through the mouth. Any flute that a guest may play and not buy must be removed from display and cannot be sold for the remainder of the festival, but may later be sold to only that guest.

o   Because of our special relationship with our performers, performer vendors are exempt from the limits on the number of vendors. They may also sell any merchandise they normally offer, including CDs, DVDs, apparel, jewelry, “signature flutes”, etc.

o   Exhibitors will be accepted by invitation only. Exhibitors are permitted to do fundraising for their organization within their booth.

o   Food vendors will be accepted by invitation only. Please do not apply if you have not been invited.

o   There will be no walk-on artists/merchants/exhibitors permitted.

o   The following requirements will be strictly enforced on all vendors. All booths will be monitored by the NRF committee during the festival to ensure compliance with the rules set forth in this document. Any infractions noted will be corrected on the spot. Those who fail to comply will be asked to leave the festival grounds immediately. No fee refunds will be made to vendors who are asked to leave.

o   Each artist/craftsman must have his/her own booth. Requests to share a booth must include justification for the request, be accompanied by the appropriate fees, and be reviewed and approved by the organizing committee. There will be no sharing of booths larger than 10’x10’. There will be no exceptions.

o   All arts and crafts sold and displayed must be produced by the artist/vendor or by the vendor as the artist’s authorized representative.

o   Although artists/crafters themselves need not be of Native American ancestry, all arts and crafts must be handmade and of traditional Native American style or maintain a Native American or nature theme. We are looking for artists and crafters, not resellers. We reserve the right to approve the sale of specific resale items that are deemed by the NRF committee as appropriate for the event and that do not conflict with other items sold by the other vendors.

o   All vendors are required comply with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, as amended in 2010. The full text of this law is included at the end of this document. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board has instructed us that the 2010 amendment places additional responsibilities on the organizers of events like the Native Rhythms Festival for ensuring compliance with the Act. Therefore, we must require that each of our vendors specifically comply with the following:

1.      Any vendors representing themselves as Native American must provide proof of tribal enrollment documentation to the NRF committee. Anyone who cannot show proof that they are an enrolled member of either a federally or state recognized tribe, must have on display in their booth a sign that says, "Not Native Made". The festival will provide these signs as part of the vendor packet, or the vendors may use their own.

2.      Any vendors who resell items made by others who claim to be Native American must also have proof of the artist/maker’s tribal enrollment. If enrollment confirmation cannot be provided to the NRF committee, you must have on display in your booth a sign that says "Not Native Made" near their goods. The festival will provide these signs in the vendor packet. Additional signs will be available on request.

3.      Each vendor will be required to confirm their understanding of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 by reading and signing the section of the vendor application referring to this Act. This is a personal commitment that each vendor must make that he/she understands the requirements of the Act and will abide by them.

o   We encourage demonstration of skills whenever possible.

o   The names of all the persons who will be operating the booth must be included on the registration form. Each of those people will be issued a Native Rhythms Festival security badge. Only people with an official security badge will be permitted to operate booths. Please have your security badge ready to present to roving security personnel, especially after hours.

o   All vendors must check in with the organizing committee at the registration tent before beginning setup. An NRF committee member will direct arriving vendors to their assigned location. Vendors must set up within the marked boundaries of their assigned locations.

o   Each vendor must supply his/her own tents, tables, chairs, lighting fixtures, extension cords, packing materials, backdrops, etc. (We can provide information about renting tents, tables and chairs locally). Note that this event continues after sunset on Friday and Saturday. Vendors will be responsible for extension cords and lighting fixtures for their booth. Power will be available to each vendor booth. (See requirements below regarding light fixtures and extension cords meeting City of Melbourne fire codes.)

o   Native Rhythms Festival is required to fully comply with the City of Melbourne’s event fire codes. A city fire inspector will be on-site to check us and our vendors for compliance with the following regulations. All vendors must be completely setup and ready for the inspector at 9:00AM on Friday. All vendors must pass their inspection before we will be allowed to open the festival.

·      City of Melbourne fire codes require that vendors meet certain requirements regarding spacing between tents. In general, there must be 10 feet between tents. However, we may place two 10’x10’ tents “adjacent” to one another, but then provide 10 feet between the pair and the next closest tents. The committee will lay out the vendor area to comply with these requirements. It is critical that all vendors set up exactly where designated within their assigned area to comply with these requirements. If in doubt, check with the NRF vendor coordinator, who will be on site during setup on Thursday, before setting up your tent. Due to Pandemic regulations, spacing may be greater than required by the fire code.

·      Complying with the spacing requirement (see above) will mean longer electrical cord runs between electrical panels and tents. Extension cords up to 200 feet in 12 gauge may be required for many of the tent sites. If your site is closer to the panel, extension cords of any gauge up to 100 feet long may be used. However, we recommend being prepared for the longer cord.

·      All tents larger than 10’x10’ (120 square feet or larger) must have a manufacturer’s certificate stating it is made of a fire-retardant material.

·      All bulbs, incandescent or fluorescent (tube or CFL), must be shielded against bulb breakage. Open bulbs must have either the manufacturer’s designed cage or cover, or an equivalent plastic cover or bulb protector. This includes the popular clamp-on “can” lights.

·      One thing the inspector makes a point of checking is that all plug connections between extension cords and cords to lights or other devices must be off the ground.

·      All tents must have conspicuous “NO SMOKING” signs posted.

·      The Festival will provide a fire extinguisher located within 75 feet of every vendor tent throughout the festival grounds. Vendors do not need an extinguisher within their tent.

o   SET UP: Vendor area layout will be done by the committee on Wednesday. Vendor set-up time starts at 9AM on Thursday. All vendor vehicles must be removed from the vendor area by 9AM Friday. Special parking areas for Vendor vehicles will be provided in the Northwest area, access by north roadway with access from main park road behind Workshop Tent. Overnight security is provided, wearing of your name badges is required for access after hours. Remember, your booth needs to be open and occupied for the City to complete its inspection at 9AM on Friday.

o   The Show hours for vendors are:

o   Friday: 9AM – 9PM

o   Saturday: 9AM – 9PM

o   Sunday: 9AM – 5PM

o   Quiet time begins each night at 10:30PM. All loud noises (including music, drumming, etc.) must cease by this time.

o   Tear Down: Please do not begin teardown earlier than 5:00PM Sunday. Vehicles will not be permitted back into the vendor area for teardown before 5:30PM Sunday. Always be extremely careful when driving in the vendor area during setup and teardown. This area is likely to be congested with people not watching for vehicles. For the Safety of ALL-no driving on grounds between setup and teardown, parking in the Vendor Parking area only.

o   No loud flute playing or other loud noises (including CD playing, drumming, etc.) will be allowed during scheduled concert performances. Normal flute demonstrations within a booth would not normally be a problem. Just always be respectful of our performers and the other vendors around you.

o   Booths must be neat and orderly throughout the festival. Artists/merchants are responsible for collecting and disposing of their own trash. Trash collection points and glass & aluminum recycling bins will be provided.

o   To prevent uncomfortable situations with customers, we request that all vendors who do not accept credit cards place a notification to that effect in their booth.

o   Three arts/crafts and flute maker booth sizes will be offered this year.  Booth fees will be:

o   10’ x 10’ - $225.00

o   10’ x 20’ - $275.00

o   20’ x 20’ - $325.00

Food vendor fees will be:

o   10’ x 10’ - $300.00

o   Food trucks & larger tents - $350

Booth size includes all space under cover in which merchandise is displayed and sold. This specifically includes awnings that extend in any direction beyond the basic tent. It is important that you include awnings in your booth size so we can properly layout spacing between tents to comply with City fire codes.

Check or money order must be made out to NHGI for the correct amount in full. Send completed registration form, photos of merchandise and booth (if applicable), and check/money order to:

           Native Rhythms Festival
c/o Turtle Mound Flutes
4100 N. Wickham Rd. Ste 107A #108
Melbourne, FL 32935

o   Please e-mail an image file (logo or photo, .gif or .png preferred but .jpg OK) that you would like to see with your listing on the festival website’s vendor village web page to

Late breaking news: Vendors may alternatively submit a short video (up to several minutes) to be used with their listing on this page. Preferred format: MP4, 16:9 aspect, 720p resolution, 30 FPS. Contact the webmaster if you wish to submit something else.

o   Camping will be available for vendors on the north side just beyond the vendor area and at the Wickham Park campgrounds.

o   Camping adjacent to the north end of the vendor area is for primitive camping and self-contained RVs only. Camping in this area is reserved with your vendor registration for $10 per night. This camping does not include plugging into vendor area power. Plugging into the vendor area power causes power failures and can damage the grid.

o   The park campground with full hook-ups is within short walking distance of the festival grounds. Vendors are responsible for reserving campsites and paying fees directly to Wickham Park ( We strongly recommend making reservations with the park early as all improved campsites are expected to be reserved well before the NRF weekend.

o   Because of uncertainty regarding our vendor village layout due to changing Pandemic regulations, the committee will not take vendor requests for specific locations this year.
The vendor may note on their application their desire to be located near another specific vendor to allow shared support during the event.

o   Each artist/crafter will be requested to donate to our raffle/auction. All proceeds from the raffle & auction are used to support the event and keep the event free to the public.

o   School Day: Again, this year, we will have the time between 10AM and 1PM on Friday, November 12th, designated as School Day. During this time, groups of children from local schools and other youth organizations are expected to be on the festival grounds, visiting vendor booths and attending special performances in the amphitheater. Vendor participation is completely voluntary, but vendors who would like to interact with the children may want to have something prepared, such as a story, demonstration, flute or other performance, etc. to share with the children. Also, vendors may have a designated table of inexpensive items (which may not comply with the normal restrictions on items for sale) that the children may purchase during this time.

o   Native Rhythms Festival reserves the right for the sale of all drinks, including bottled water and soft drinks for our designated food vendors. Arts and crafts vendors may not sell drinks or food.

This will be an alcohol-free and drug-free event. Any vendor violating this rule will be asked to leave.

Special Requirements for Food Vendors

General requirements include the following:

o   Food vendors must comply with all applicable State of Florida, Brevard County and City of Melbourne health and safety codes. Health inspectors will be on-site to check compliance.

o  All food vendors must have a current state issued food license to show the health inspector when requested.

o  No cooking will be permitted under tents or canvas tops. Cooking is primarily defined as any initial cooking that involves fats and oils. This includes things like kettle corn, grilling, deep frying, etc. All cooking equipment must be located a minimum of 1 foot outside the tent and be roped off to keep patrons away from hot surfaces. Any vendor cooking with oils or fats must have a current tagged K class fire extinguisher and a 10 lb. 2A10BC fire extinguisher per NFPA 10. Please specify on your vendor application how much space is required outside your tent for these cooking operations and the festival will set aside adequate space adjacent to your tent. You may reheat already cooked food under your tent, or cook items that do not have the potential to create grease laden vapors (i.e., boiling water, heating soups, etc.)

o  Cooking equipment used in fixed, mobile, or temporary concessions, such as trucks, busses, trailers, pavilions, tents, or any form of roofed enclosure shall comply with NFPA 96, requiring a kitchen and a fire suppression system, complying with UL300, and a current state tag. All pressure cylinders must be securely chained.

o  All food vendors are required to sign the FLORIDA STATE STATUTE 633.0215, FLORIDA FIRE PREVENTION CODE acknowledgement form and submit it with the vendor application. The form is available for download from the vendor page of the Native Rhythms Festival website.

o   Access to running water is limited. Food vendors needing access to water must document this in their vendor application so that booths can be located appropriately.

o   All sites will have access to standard 110v electrical outlets. Access to 220v outlets is limited and should also be identified as a need in the vendor application.

Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990

 “The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L.101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.

Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federally or State recognized Indian Tribe, or an individual certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian Tribe.

The law covers all Indian and Indian-style traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced after 1935. The Act broadly applies to the marketing of arts and crafts by any person in the United States. Some traditional items frequently copied by non-Indians include Indian-style jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, kachina dolls, and clothing.

All products must be marketed truthfully regarding the Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producers, so as not to mislead the consumer. It is illegal to market an art or craft item using the name of a tribe if a member, or certified Indian artisan, of that tribe did not actually create the art or craft item.

For example, products sold using a sign claiming "Indian Jewelry" would be a violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act  if  the  jewelry was produced by someone other  than a member, or certified Indian artisan, of an Indian tribe. Products advertised as "Hopi Jewelry" would be in violation of the Act if they were produced by someone who is not a member, or certified Indian artisan, of the Hopi tribe.”

Download 2021 Vendor Rules and Vendor Agreement

Vendor Rules

Click here to download the Vendor Rules in Microsoft Word format.

Click here to download the Vendor Rules in Adobe PDF format.

Vendor Agreement

Click here to download the Vendor Agreement in Microsoft Word format.

Click here to download the Vendor Agreement in Adobe PDF format.

Other Supporting Vendor Documents

Click here to download the Non-Attending Artist Statement of Compliance in Microsoft Word format.

Click here to download the Non-Attending Artist Statement of Compliance in Adobe PDF format.

Click here to download the Food Vendor FLORIDA FIRE PREVENTION CODE acknowledgement form


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