Native American PowWow presents Thunder on the Beach

VERO BEACH — The Organizing Committee for the Vero Beach 2011 Native American PowWow is pleased to announce that Thunder on the Beach will return to the Indian River County Fairgrounds February 18, 19 and 20. Thunder on the Beach is dedicated to honoring the culture of Native Americans, while sharing their values and traditions with all Indian River County residents.   The event, a fundraiser in support of the Rose Bud and Navajo tribe reservations, will offer spectacular live performances of 30 artists and artisans, crafters and flute makers.

The PowWow offers an exciting array of foods and visitors will be enticed by interesting story circles.  Guests are invited to explore the abundant schedule of events all aimed at sharing the true experience of the Native American culture with everyone.

Since its early beginnings, the PowWow has grown and is now expected to draw a crowd in excess of 10,000 people over the course of three days.

“It is our mission to learn and continue the teachings of these Native American Indians, so we don’t forget how hard their lives have been in the past and how much they have contributed to our own culture,” says Dona Chesser, who was joined two years ago by co-chair  Jody Swiss.

“It is very important for me to have a place where all Native Americans can come and share their culture and heritage with us”.

Hours are:  Friday, February 18 from 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 children (children under 6 are free).

Information:  Call Dona Chesser  at 772-562-9991 or visit

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