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The color, the beat, the drums, the music, the dancing, the costumes!

You can’t miss the Talako Indian Dancers!

This unique group of young boys and girls passionately share Native American culture and dance throughout Central Florida.

Not everyone in the organization has an indigenous background, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join this one-of-a-kind experience.

Dancing Squirrel, Brown Bobcat, Hunting Eagle… new members participate in a naming ceremony where the participants receive their Indian name that matches their personality.

ffa_photoicon30Talako dancers in a recent visit to Florida Film Academy.
Jade Morrison

The members come together to perform war, hoop, grass stomping and eagle dances for outdoor audiences at festivals, schools, libraries and more . The music the members dance to is played live on the drums by Bill Prentis, who founded the troop back in 1986.

It kind of introduces you to a different culture, a different perspective, I met all of these guys I never would have met…

River Otter, a longtime dancer in the group says his “favorite part personally, is it kind of introduces you to a different culture, a different perspective, I met all of these guys I never would have met”.

Not only the dances and the names illustrate the culture, the outfits also beautifully represent the heritage they are showcasing.

The vibrant, meticulously designed regalia worn by the Talakos use materials like feathers & fringe and each individual piece can take up to 75 hours to create!  The impressive regalia is all in the family as it’s hand made by Prentis and his wife.

With nearly 2,500 performances under their belt, the Talakos are introducing Native American culture to audiences across the state of Florida. If you’re interested in being apart of the Talako experience, they welcome anyone between the ages of 8 and 17.

 

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ffa_photoicon30Talako dancers in a recent visit to Florida Film Academy.
Jade Morrison & Brittain Rainville

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