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2018 Native Rhythms Festival Vendors

The following vendors have registered to participate in the 2018 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 encourage you to visit our vendors' websites often and stop by their booths during our event.


Please read the 2018 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 have sent out invitations to last year's vendors we'd like to see return this year. All invited returning vendors have until May 1st to guarantee their 2018 slot. No other vendors will be accepted before that date. On May 1st we open registration to all vendors, accepted on a first come first processed basis. All vendor applications must be postmarked by September 15th.
We will continue to limit the number of arts/crafts/flute maker vendors to 40. From those 40, we will limit the number of flute maker vendors to 16 and the number of turquoise/silver jewelry vendors to 5. Please consult the rules for details.
Last year we noticed that a few vendors paid for a booth size but then raised awnings from their booth and extended their merchandise sales out under the awning, effectively increasing the size of their booth without paying for the larger booth size. This year, vendors must include the space under awnings used for merchandise sales when declaring their booth size and paying their fee. Other than this clarification, there is no change in vendor fees from last year. For arts/crafts/flute makers, the fees are $200 for a 10'x10' booth, $250 for a 10'x20' booth, and $300 for a 20'x20' booth. The fee for all food vendors remains $300. 
Our working relationship with Wickham Park management with regard to camping outside the north side of the vendor loop, Wickham Park will no longer require registering with the park. Primitive (no hook-up) camping is available for $10 per night, payable with your vendor application. This "vendor area" camping is available for only tents and self-contained trailers and RVs. Last year we had campers plugging into our vendor power and overloading the circuits. Campers, please do not plug into the vendor power.

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.
Frazier Sculpture
Terry Frazier
Flutes, music, wood, stone, and cactus sculpture.
Island Flutes
Ray Wood
Native American style flutes, herbs, some leather things, some beadwork

Jon Norris Music & Arts
Jon Norris
Native American style flutes, flute accessories, other world woodwinds, stringed instruments.
Medicine Wind Music
George Tortorelli
Handmade, fine-tuned bamboo flutes made from organic homegrown Florida bamboo.
Rain Spirit Flutes
Rick Svitzer
Native American Style Flutes, flute bags, flute racks.

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, and guitars with the same nature artwork found on our wooden flutes.
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, dream catchers.

Arts & Crafts
Vendor Website Offering

Artmouse Creations
Charlette Reeves
Wall hangings, animals and other things made of wool.

Bill & Susie Gingras
Handmade bone & stone traditional items; Handmade sterling silver jewelry.

Dark Horse Creations

Juli & Don Bowling
Incense bottles; gourd art; fur, leather and turtle bags; moccasins; herbs; supplies; bone & skull art; burden baskets; beaded jewelry; rattles; hand drums; stones & crystals; and whatever I have a whim to make.
DM Southwest Jewelry
Denise Martinez
Turquoise & Sterling silver. Handmade unique copper jewelry.
Fantasy Carvings by TJ Kleens
TJ Kleens
Faces, fantasy monsters, Native Americans, feathers, and wood spoons. Sizes range from small keychains and ornaments to larger wall pieces.
Fire Thunder Trading Post
Bram Loeb and Dylan Loeb
Deerskin items, silver & turquoise jewelry, beadwork, dream catchers, chokers, blankets, T-shirts, jackets, hoodies.
gp flute stands
Glenn Pastella
Folding flute stands and wall racks of various sizes.

Home Remedy USA LLC.

J. Lee Woods
Dream catchers. drums, artisan organic soap, gourd crafts, sage, jewelry, feather headdresses, feather headbands, NP caps, leather hats, some knives, pottery.
Inner Mountain Stones & Woods
Sandie Buttry
Only hand-crafted: altars, wands, rattles, wire-wrapped stones, twisted walking sticks.
Kaye's Wares
Ellen 'Kaye' Ware
Acrylics on canvas and Giclees of original art. Cups, magnets, greeting cards with original art.
[Mejika Arts]
Mejika Arts

Miguel Martinez

Wood carvings, bracelets, gemstones, crystals, blankets, dream catchers, necklaces, Baja sweaters.
Morning Crow Designs
Amber Dawn Waite
Variety of wood, electrified with 12,000 volts, to create lightning and tree patterns.

Native Andes
Jaime Chavez
Hand woven wool jackets, purses, ponchos. Pan flutes, other instruments.

One Nation Art Apparel

Roland Dempsey

T-shirts that promote love and unity.

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 style jewelry, pottery, beadwork, art, T-shirts, dolls, etc.

RedHanded Trade
Pam Bennett
Moundbuilder designs on gourds, tees, ribbon shirts and skirts, dance shawl, NA books, smudge botanicals, tribal maps, used books, trade blankets, woven sashes.

Rustic Apocalypse Jewelry
Phillip Kelley

Handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry inspired by Native American culture. I use bones, glass beads, chevron beads, teeth, claws, seaglass.

Ruth Ann's Southwest Treasures
Ruth Ann Motley
Hand crafted Native American jewelry & dream catchers.
Stag's Leap Leatherworks
Kim Cruickshank
Handmade rustic cross body shoulder bags.

Spotted Pony Traders
Jeff & Cindy Kruger
Leather, beads, furs, our own handmade moccasins, bags, shirts, dresses.

Trailwalker Crafts
Dean & Tanya Morrison
Buckskin purses, pouches, medicine wheels, dream catchers, sage, sweetgrass, vests, rawhide rattles, rawhide drums, walking sticks, war clubs.

Turquoise Showcase
Randal Estrada
Sterling silver Native style jewelry and Navajo style artifacts.
The Wickiup
Yvonne Long
Face painting, beadwork, dreamcatchers, jewelry, cornhusk dolls.
Wild Sage - Native American Jewelry
Paul & Natalie Mitchell
Handcrafted Sterling Silver jewelry, feather art by Natalie. Handmade soaps & bath products.
You Rock Crystals
Kathi Wahls
A wide variety of rocks, crystals, & gemstones. Stone jewelry, sage, incense, wire-wrapped jewelry, dreamcatchers, walking sticks, noisemakers & rattles, beads, wind chimes.


Vendor Website Offering

American Indian Creation

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

Arvel Bird
Celtic Indian T-Shirts, Flutes, 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.
Randy McGinnis  
CDs and T-Shirts.

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

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

Coastal Kitchen
Steven Robinson
Tacos & Hawaiian Rice Bowls
Jersey Girl Super Foods
Francine Grigley
Vegan, vegitarian, smoked foods, soup, salads, wraps.

Ms O's Grill on Wheels

Ozetta Gipson

Frybread - Indian tacos & fruit filled, fries, hamburgers, hot dogs (chili, plain), drinks.

Jaini M. King
Cinnamon glazed almonds & pecans, organic iced coffee, iced green tea.

PJ Shuckers
Pete Atkins
Fresh roasted corn on the cob.

Samsons Grill
Kevin Samson

Teriyaki chicken, bourbon chicken, bacon fried rice, clams, scallops, haddock, shrimp, French fries, fresh lemonade, sweet tea, water, soda.
Slow & Low BBQ
Nicole Smith
Pork sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, ribs, French fries, loaded fries, okra, burgers, chicken tenders, drinks.


Vendor Website Offering
Archhaeologists for Autism.
Thomas Penders
Display of artifacts, laptop video, sponsor forms, brochures.
[Bob Brinck Flintknapping]   
Bob Brinck Flintknapping
Bob Brinck
Flintknapping demonstrations

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 Sheriff's Office
       Animal Care Center
Emily Gilbert

When the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office assumed responsibility for Animal Services on October 1, 2014, the Live Release Rate for Brevard County had averaged 55% over the preceding five (5) years. With the help of our amazing team, our citizens, rescue groups, volunteers, and all of our amazing partners, we are proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Brevard County is a No-Kill community!
Bat Belfrys Inc./
       Florida Bat Conservancy

Shari Blisset-Clark
Displaying educational materials related to bats; bat houses; bat themed shirts, hats, bookmarks; bat books; Florida Bat Conservancy memberships.
Florida Master Naturalists
Space Coast Regional Chapter
The purpose of the Chapter is to support the mission and goals of the Florida Master Naturalist Program by providing environmental educational activities and outreach to the general public and to students of natural resource conservation. 
Imagine Our Florida, Inc.
Nancy and Dan Kon
Imagine Our Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational charity working together with people of all ages on preserving and protecting Florida's natural wildlife, resources and land. Bringing people together in a shared vision to preserve and protect Florida's wildlife, habitat and ecosystem. We plan to accomplish this via science- based education and the development of appreciation and respect for the natural world and our place within it. IOF dispels the myths and explains the facts of the Florida's black bear, panther, gopher tortoise and manatee. Stop by to pick up your window decal, coloring page for the kids and see what we are all about.

Marine Resources Council
Kate Zehnder & Shannon Egger

To improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education, and the involvement of the public at large.
Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Pat Rush
Handouts on conservation & preservation of endangered Sea Turtles. Status of Indian River Lagoon. Status of the 3 main species of sea turtles that nest in Brevard County.
Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival
                - Brevard Nature Alliance

Tiffany Barrineau
Information about the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, and our new Space Coast Family Wildlife Adventure Day.
Veterans Administration of Orlando
Annie Ellamay Artis
Veterans benefits information.

Wild Horse Rescue Center
Diane Delano
WHRC sets up a corral for our horses to conduct demonstrations throughout the day. Come learn about wild horses and pick up BLM "Adopt a Horse" items. [non-profit 501(c)(3) organization]
Zonta Club of Melbourne
Debbie Buza
Club programs include: Human Trafficking Awareness; Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women; Education & Awareness.

This year's Brevard commemorative Christmas ornament remembers Sam's House & Cabin on Merritt Island.

2018 Vendor Area Map

1 Green Leppard  (Dock Green Silverhawk) 31 Spiral Flutes
2 R&R Collectibles 32 Woodsounds Flutes
3 Wild Sage Jewelry 33 Turtle Mound Flutes
4 Frazier Sculptures 34 Trailwalker Crafts
5 Backwoods 35 Arvel Bird
6 Turquoise Showcase 36 Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle
7 Rustic Apocalypse Jewelry 37 Painted Raven
8 Redhanded Trade 38 Randy Granger
9 Inner Mountain Stones & Wood 39 Willow Creek Woodcraft
10 Artmouse Creations 41 Stag's Leap Leatherworks
11 Pine Away Baskets 42 DM Southwest Jewelry
12 Kaye's Wares 43 Medicine Wind Music
13 One Nation Art Apparel 44 MicMac Traders
14 Ruth Ann's Southwest Treasures 45 Rex Begay Memorial
15 The Wikiup 47 Yanko Enterprises
16 American Indian Creations (Billy Whitefox) 48 Fire Thunder Trading Post
17 You Rock Crystals 50 Northrop Grumman
18 Wild Horse Rescue 51 gp flute stands
18a Fun Spot 52 Rain Spirit Flutes
19 Native Andes Center 52a Black Bear Creations
20 Spotted Pony Traders 53 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
21 Island Flutes 54 Mejika Arts
22 Red Wind Flutes 55 Coastal Kitchen
23 Flight Feather Flutes 56 PJ Shuckers Corn
24 Home Remedy USA LLC 57 Nutz2U
25 Zonta Club of Melbourne 58 Jersey Girl Super Food
E1 Archeologists for Autism 58b Samson's Grill
E2 Marine Resources Council 59 Slow & Low BBQ
E3 Sea Turtle Preservation 60 Grill on Wheels
E4 Florida Master Naturalists 61b 4 Winds Flutes
E5 Florida Bat Conservancy 62 Boy Scout Troop 520
E6 Backyard Beekeepers 63 Randy McGinnis
E7 Imagine Our Florida 64 Jon Norris Music
E8 Animal Services Center 65 Ed WindDancer
E9 Brevard Cultural Alliance 65b Flintknapper Bob Brinck
E10 Brevard Nature Alliance 67 Veteran's Administration
29 Dark Horse Creations    
30 Fantasy Carvings F Free Flute Lessons Tent

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2018 Rules for Vendors

The Native Rhythms Festival organizing committee (hereinafter referred to as the NRF committee or the committee) invites all interested artists and craftsmen who agree to conform to the below rules to participate in our indigenous people’s music festival at Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL on November 9-11, 2018.

Requirements for all Artists

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   2017 Native Rhythms Festival vendors that we wish to return will receive an invitation from the committee. To guarantee their spot, we request returning vendors respond as soon as possible after receiving their invitations. Open registration for all other vendors opens May 1, 2018. Deadline for vendor application with signed registration form and full payment will be September 15, 2018, unless prior arrangements have been made with the committee.

o   To ensure the highest quality of artists/craftsmen, 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 our compensation package for their performing), 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   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, “signature flutes”, etc.

o   Exhibitors will be accepted by invitation only.

o   Food vendors will be accepted by invitation only.

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/craftsmen 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 craftsmen, 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.

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 tables, tents 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.

·      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   Vendor area layout will be done by the committee on Wednesday. Set-up time starts at 9AM on Thursday. All vehicles must be removed from the vendor area by 9AM Friday. Remember, your booth needs to be open and occupied for the City to complete their 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   Please do not begin teardown earlier than 5:00PM Sunday. Vehicles will not be permitted in 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.

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 be respectful of our performers and the other vendors around you at all times.

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’ - $200.00

o   10’ x 20’ - $250.00

o   20’ x 20’ - $300.00

Food vendor fees will be $300, regardless of booth/truck size.

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 web page to

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

o   Camping just beyond 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.

o   The campground 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   The committee will try to take vendors’ desires for booth location into account when doing the final site layout. On the vendor application/agreement, vendors may designate up to three preferred booth locations.  The vendor should also note any desire to be located near another specific vendor to allow shared support during the event.

Note that the individual site locations on this map do not represent the final layout, as we must use the number of vendors and the sizes of their booths in determining final booth locations.

o   Each artist/craftsman 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 9th, 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 2018 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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