LEHMAN TWP. — Frank Little Bear, of York, Pa., appeared Sunday at the Arts at Hayfield Event at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, performing tribal dances that were just part of the attraction for those who turned out for a day of arts-and-crafts and more.
Doing the “Eagle Dance,” “the Sneak up Dance” and “the Snake Dance,” Little Bear was accompanied by his 10-year-old son, Thomas Little Thunder. Little Bear explained the Eagle Dance is the welcoming dance, the Sneak up Dance was previously performed as a war dance, and now has a new meaning; it is used to “pay tribute to veterans and war heroes.” The Snake Dance is the social dance in which all in attendance are invited to join in as a symbol of different cultures merging together.
Little Bear said “All human beings are on this earth for a purpose and as a solution to a problem.”
Little Bear has been attending the Hayfield events since 1999 and said that he will keep returning every year to share his culture with others so that they can get a better understanding of Native Americans. Little Bear is from the Cree tribe of Western Canada and the North-West plains states.
Janie Lawless of the Children’s Library in Scranton had never been to the Hayfield events before and said she was very impressed with the day. She said she is a friend of Little Bear and thinks that it a great way of bring Native American culture to the general population.
Numerous vendors also participated in the event. Bernadine Vojko and her mother, Bernadine Borinski, displayed Votko’s crafts from her Wyoming business, Flower Finery. Votko, who teaches at the Wyoming Seminary, began working on crafts in 1985. She works with dried and silk flowers; pumpkins are one of her main themes.
She said all members of her immediate family have pitched in to help at one time or another at the Hayfield events. She has been coming to Hayfield for the past 25 years and will definitely return.
Votko said attending the event is “part of ending the summer and a chance to see old friends again.”
Patti Kachmar of Kingston and her cousin Janet McCarroll of Lehman displayed their hand-crafted quilted creations. The two said they turn out to sell their items and to be able to “sit and catch up on what each has been doing during the past year.”
The items are also displayed at events for the Back Mountain Harvest Peace Makers’ Club.
The next Arts at Hayfield event will be on Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is titled “Homespun Holiday.”
For more information on the Hayfield events, call (570) 675-9232.