Background on This Year's Theme and Logo

Painted Raven’s Annette Abbondanza introduces this year’s theme and logo.


Acknowledging Our Sponsors

It is only through the generosity of our sponsors (corporations and small businesses, individuals, and local and state governments) that we can provide our high quality festival with award winning performers, top flight vendors, and educational exhibitors and workshops, free to the public. In this video, we express our appreciation and acknowledge our sponsors for our 2023 festival.

Getting the Word Out

Brevard County Proclamation Presentation

City of Melbourne Proclamation Presentation

City of Palm Bay Proclamation Presentation

[Photos below provided by Native Rhythms Festival’s official 2023 photographer, Lou Seiler.

Find all of Lou’s 2023 NRF photos at full resolution at,
where you may order prints. 

Contact Lou directly at for permission to republish.]


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Thursday Evening Meet & Greet" Social

Sponsored by the Candlewood Suites

Samples of the “Open Mic” fun at the Thursday “Meet & Greet”

Our crew showing off our new shirts

Around the Festival Grounds


Randy Granger

Lowery Begay

Dock Silverhawk Green

Otter Oliver & CreeAtive Native

Ed WindDancer

Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle

Rona Yellow Robe

Special Presentation:

A Tribute to Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)

Shelley Morningsong, Rona Yellow Robe, Painted Raven (Annette Abbondanza & Holly Harris)

Jonny Lipford

Gareth Laffely

Timothy J.P. Gomez

Painted Raven

Billy Whitefox

Joe Loftin

Winner of the 2022 Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition

Vendors & Exhibitors

Food Vendors

A&W BBQ, Seafood, and More

Bernie’s Blessing Island Cuisine

Country Kettler’s Korn

Ms O’s Grill on Wheels

Pita Pyramid

Wassi Shave Ice & More

Flute Maker Vendors

Andrew Begay Flutes

Flight Feather Flutes

Joe Loftin Flutes

Medicine Wind Music

Red Wind Flutes

Spiral Flutes

Turtle Mound Flutes

Willow Creek Woodcraft

Yanko Enterprises

Arts & Crafts Vendors

Alex Jalapa & T Rose


Big Bear Traders #2

Ca’s Creations

Inner Mountain Stones & Woods

Kaye’s Wares

Lil Gail’s Native Trade

Morning Crow Designs

Native Andes

OldRock Creations

Pine Away Baskets

R&R Collectables

RedHanded Trade

Ruth Ann’s Southwest Treasures

Spirit Rising

Sunka Beads

Tracking Natives

Trailwalker Crafts

Turquoise Showcase

The Wickiup

Wild Sage – Native American Jewelry

Wind in Her Hair

You Rock Crystals

Performer Vendors

Billy Whitefox

Dock Silverhawk Green

Gareth Laffely

Jonny Lipford (Horizons Flute Store)

Painted Raven

Randy Granger

Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle

Timothy J.P. Gomez


Boy Scout Troop 520

Brevard Backyard Beekeepers Inc.

Brevard Zoo / East Coast Zoological Society

Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

Field Manor Museum

Florida Right to Clean Water

Green Gables House

Imagine Our Florida, Inc.

Merritt Island Wildlife Association

Brevard County – Solid Waste Recycle

VA Veterans Center

Wild Horse Rescue Center

Jim Sawgrass

"East Meets West"

2023 "Best Booth" Award Winner

Each year since 2010, select members of the Native Rhythms Festival organizing committee have visited all of the various booths in the vendor area to select what they consider the “Best Booth“. The winner is awarded the giant traveling flute trophy (created by Mike Knight) and afforded the honor of displaying it for the next year, and awarded a complementary vendor registration the following year. For 2023, the “Best Booth” award goes to Graciano Viruet of Sunka Beads. Congratulations Graciano!


Artists' Competition

Artist Competition Entrants

Artist Competition Winners

Winning Entries

1st Place – Timothy J.P. Gomez

1st Place Entry

2nd Place – Cindy Green

2nd Place Entry

3rd Place – Patsy Graves

3rd Place Entry

Other entries

Flute Makers' Competition

Flute Maker Competition Winners

Winning Entries

1st Place – Utah Farris

1st Place Entry

2nd Place – Joe Loftin

2nd Place Entry

3rd Place – Billy Whitefox

3rd Place Entry

Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition

Flute Players’ Competition Winners

1st Place – Erik Lehman

2nd Place – Gaby Nagel

3rd Place – Alan Southerland


Dr. Perran Ross – Bison on Paynes Prairie Florida

Ed WindDancer – Chasing Winddancer

Dr. Frankie Rinaldi – The Art of Storytelling

Gareth Laffely – Fluting To Improve Your Health & Wellness

John Ellis – What You Didn’t Know About the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Jonny Lipford – Unleash ‘Da Blues’ with Your Native Flute

Jonny Lipford – Finding Your Way: Clear Up Improv Chaos & Confusion

Joyce Bugaiski – Children’s Workshop: Making a Corn Bead Necklace

Joyce Bugaiski – Threads Through Time: Traditional Twining

Lowery Begay – Understanding Pow Wow Drumming

Holly Harris (Painted Raven) – Rhythmic Connection: Drumming & Fluting

Randy Granger – Guided Meditation with Drumming

Shelley Morningsong & Susan Oliver – She Talks to the Animals

Timothy J.P. Gomez – Flute Workout: Flute Exercises, Patterns, and a Whole Lot of Flute Playing

Tom Ransom – Flutes in the World of Electronics

Will Davis – Walking With Wisdom and Compassion

Silent Auction & Raffle

These are just a few of the happy winners of the nearly 100 items in our silent auction and raffle.