Summer Surprises: SCAIR Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

Soaring Eagle dance program in July 2009 has two levels of new and continuing dancers. Wednesday 6:30 pm at the SCAIR supported Normal Heights Community room. There is increased attendance with the Soaring Eagle dance program. There are over 100 Indian people attending from all over San Diego County and the local Reservations. Continued support for the Soaring Eagle program is confirmed from SCAIR, Southern California American Indian Resource Inc. Also continuing, in San Diego, is the SCAIR hosted and voluntary potluck meal at the beginning of the evening with a blessing by an elder or designated spiritual person. Long summer days and pleasant evenings are permitting dinners to be held out of doors in the patio. This also allows more room for the dancers inside.

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All our Soaring Eagle dancers have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in regalia, under the Sun, on Mother Earth, by the Sea with the breath of life mixing with the winds of change. These are applications of the experienced instruction to improve motor skills and build physical endurance. Traditional American Indian music inspires and lifts all attending hearts and the dancers feet in the participation of American Indian Pow wow Dance. Traditional American Indian music inspires and lifts all attending hearts and the dancers feet in the participation of American Indian Pow wow Dance.

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clip_image008There are announcements, birthdays, graduations or guest speakers. All these activities have an opportunity to bring the traditional function of the camp circle, public forum, to the parents. This is a positive combined focus to see our Indian Children realize their pride of tribal identity, peer interaction and mentoring examples on a variety of levels and interests.

clip_image0081We thank the many volunteers participating that make this Soaring Eagles dance program fly. Our SCAIR Senior adviser, Randy Edmonds, is a very faithful and supportive member of the program. He also announced approval for the Kiowa Gourd Dance instruction and regalia to be taught at the Soaring Eagle program. He has been a very active invited Emcee at our local pow wows.

SCAIR dance instructor, Edward ‘Chuck’ Cadotte continues to refine and encourage each category of dance style: Women and men traditional, grass dance, jingle dress, shawl dance, Southern women, round dance and mentor each dancer to do their best.

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Most of these months, we have been fortunate to enjoy the quality of two drums: Northern and Southern. Young singers and parents interested in their children learning the songs have also approached us. All are welcome around the drum. However, to have a seat at the drum will require one to sing or at least hit the A, E, I, O, U vowels and try to ‘catch’ the tune then the song and finally the words. The Soaring Eagle program has had as many as 14 singers each week. Singers willing to travel from throughout San Diego County to volunteer and be a part of this commitment to our Indian children.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy and participate in these SCAIR hosted free Soaring Eagle American Indian Dance classes. Maybe we will see each other at one of the Wednesday night gatherings.