LOGANTON - Have you ever wondered what daily living was like for the proud Native people who inhabited our continent long before Amerigo Vespucci or Christopher Columbus sat foot on our sandy shores?
Have you pondered about how they lived, and the way they survived off the land with no guns or war machines and for many generations, no disease?
On Saturday, Feb. 22, you can learn about the original American way of life as you follow story teller Steve Weaver, a Native American descendant, as he takes you on a journey back through time and tells the tales of his ancestors and how they suffered at the "white man's hand."
Steve Weaver talks about local Native Americans to kindergarten children at an area school.
The event will take place at the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, 236 E. Main St., Loganton, starting at 1p.m.
The presentation, which will benefit a local family dealing with lung cancer, is the Senior Project of Sugar Valley Rural Charter School student, Brandon White. There is no admission fee, but monetary donations will be accepted.
Weaver, who is part Iroquois, will discuss the Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga and Cayuga tribes who joined together many years ago, to form "the Five Nations."
Those present will gain knowledge of how local Natives ate, dressed and hunted and how they prevailed as a strong, self sufficient people until they were invaded by foreigners from far off lands, and almost eradicated.
The treasured story of the "Ribbon Shirt" will be retold with a historic lesson for those who have never heard it.
Weaver will paint a mental picture of the longhouses that the Native Americans kept house in, and educate about how their confederation eventually helped to form our own government that we know today.
"There are many misconceptions about the Native Americans," said Weaver. "And I hope that those who attend will come away with a better understanding of the role they played in our developing country."
Weaver's brother, Hal Weaver, is a recorded artist in Native American music. He will perform a solemn tune, on one of his handmade Native American style flutes, as Steve tells about a young Brave and his adventures in the forest.
A door prize, along with a ticket auction with several prizes including gift baskets, will be on site, and light refreshments will be sold.
White and his mentor, Yvonne Weaver, have been working very hard on organizing the public event, and are very passionate about the cause.
"I heard that this family needed help and I thought this would be a nice way to let them know that there are people out there who care," said White. "This will help them with the medical and travel bills which are very costly. I hope that we get a big turnout."
Those who wish to donate, but can not attend, may do so by mailing a check to Yvonne Weaver, c/o Brandon White Senior Project. 90 North Lumber St., Loganton, Pa. 17747, or may phone Mrs. Weaver at 570-725-3438. Checks may be made out to Yvonne Weaver with "Brandon White Senior Project," written in the memo.