RADFORD–The fourth annual Native American Heritage Festival will feature Native Americans in full regalia and host drums on April 13th. The festival will include weapons and lifestyle demonstrations as well as craft and food vendors.
The festival takes off at noon with a grand entry procession of many tribal affiliations, head dancers, elders and children. Master of Ceremonies, John Jeffries, will direct the activities in the arena and will explain the symbolism, protocol and spiritual meanings of the dances, regalia and drums to the spectators.
Arvel Bird, a master violinist and Native American flutist, will perform during the festival in addition to a headline concert from 5-6:30 p.m. Bird is known for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions.
Red Fire Singers from Pulaski will serve as host drums for the event. Traditional traders and crafters will be on hand with authentic arts and crafts reflecting the cultural heritage of the different tribes of Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.
Native American artifacts over 400 years old were found in Bisset Park, making it the perfect place to hold the festival.
Friday, April 12 is student day with area school groups attending.
The festival will be held rain or shine, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. There will be an admission fee for the festival and a concert. Call 540-267-3153 for more information.