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GR8RJax™ Road Trip™: Say ‘How!’ to the Indians in Ormond Beach this weekend

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Even though it’s not really that cold (Just ask the Yankee tourists.), right now it’s colder than we want it to be, and that makes it even easier to park it in the house and get bored.

If cabin fever has you longing for a return to the native, head for Ormond Beach on Friday.

25th Annual Ormond Beach Native American Festival

By now no one, not even northeast-Florida part-timers, should be surprised that Indians have lived here more or less continuously for the past 12,000 years.

By the time the Spanish sailed up to Ormond Beach in the 1500s, the Indians had plenty of colonies of their own.

At least half a dozen nations comprised of many tribes and speaking at least 10 different dialects called Ormond and Greater Jacksonville home.

The Ormond Beach Native American Festival celebrates the cultures of many Indian nations, not just those associated with Florida and the southeast.

As you’d expect with a festival devoted to native cultures, there will again be wildlife exhibits and the obligatory alligator and snake shows and ongoing demonstrations of flint knapping, native dolls, blowgun, archery, and pine-needle basket making.

As ever there’s family-friendly fun in spades: Native American cuisine, over 30 trading booths, Aztec Dancers from Mexico, intertribal native dancers, craftspeople and performers from around the United States.

This year’s festival features David Wethers, snake handle from ‘America’s Got Talent’ and Jimmy Riffle and his crew from ‘Gator Boys’ on Animal Planet.

If you’ve lived in GreaterJax™ and met the Indians yet, you need to let yourself be welcomed in.

There’s no time like the present.


25th Annual Ormond Beach Native American Festival

  • Fri., Jan. 25 & Sat., Jan. 24 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Children $4.00, The Casements
  • 25 Riverside Drive,
  • Ormond Beach, Florida 32176
  • Phone: 386-676-3216
  • E-Mail:


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