By Roy Cook
The Grossmont College, GCC, pow wow weather is warm, sunny, pleasant in the day and comfortable in the evening. Inside the room is pulsating with the Pow wow tradition. Grossmont College annual celebration of life brings together the urban and rural tribal population into mutual co-operation. The institution provides the facility but essentially no other support. GCC advisor, Tom Gamboa related, “This Pow Wow has always had a theme of “Indians helping Indians.” Also, Tom announced a substantial amount to be added to the student scholarship fund.
Each year this last Saturday in February is the Grossmont Community College, GCC, culture event. This Pow wow is always good for lot of fine Southern plains tradition to enjoy. There are many American Indian military veterans and very dedicated Traditional society dancers live for gourd dance and these five hours of magnificent songs!
There is an electric tension in the air in anticipation of the Grand Entry. The GCC pow wow is one of the first of the season after the holidays. The American Indian Warriors Association, AIWA, is the Honor Guard that brought in the flags.
Our good friend Randy Edmonds, SCAIR Senior advisor, is the Emcee again and he keeps us smiling and informed as the afternoon and evening circle of life sparkles and shines.
Along with the San Diego Soaring Eagle dancers and their mentor/instructors, many excellent and new dancers filled the dance arena this evening. It fills our heart to see so many happy faces enjoying our tribal ways. Indian traditions will live the Creator says so!
This report will be incomplete without recognizing the outstanding quality of the Host Drums and the superb singers that make the pow wow experience the successful and traditional tribal celebration for all the people. Red Tipi singers: Glen and Daron Ahhitty joined in with ‘Junior’ Whitecloud and his cousin, ‘Spud’ Brown and some other Otoes and Kiowa to bring forth hours of gourd dance and good songs. White cloud singers: Red Hand drum and Dancing Cloud sang songs of the Northern plains.
Our final acknowledgement and heartfelt thanks is to the GCC pow wow organizing committee: Chairperson Tiffany Workman along with Tom Gamboa and his students who generously assisted with this event: Nancy Gamboa had plenty of hot coffee and water for the dancers.
We will look for you on the Pow wow trail, Thank you, Aho, Mehan.