Native American flute festival returns

Special to The Log
Shelley Morningsong and her husband, Fabian Fontenelle, will perform at the Musical Echoes festival. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Musical Echoes Flute Festival returns to the Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 Brooks St., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 20-22.

Celebrate Native American culture, art, and music at the non-alcoholic event for the entire family. Admission is free.

Experience the unique sounds of the Native American flute as it is brought to life by talented musicians. The festival features solo performers and full bands with live music from the stage during the entire festival. Dancers offer colorful, rhythmic traditional dances and they share the meaning of each dance offering us a rare experience. Flute makers selling their handcrafted flutes help you find one that is right for you while offering tips and guidance on how to play. Visit art and craft vendors as they share their custom jewelry, baskets, leather work, and more. Traditional Indian fry bread and other festival food add to the fun. Visit the silent auction and raffles at the main tent. Purchase the annual festival T-shirt featuring the sea turtle, this year’s totem, created by artist Kenneth Maines. Maines' artwork can be found at Tshirtfactoryfwb.com.

Internationally acclaimed Native American musicians and dancers are part of the festival line up, including Wind Dancer Uncivilized, an American Indian dance and cultural experience; Jeff Ball and his band; the award winning Shelley Morningsong; and the popular favorite Jonny Lipford. A Torchlight Ceremony featuring The Thunderbird Honor Guard and Poarch Creek Indian Traditional Dancers takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Visit www.musicalechoes.org for the complete schedule.