Indian Parents at SCAIR Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

We have a tremendous respect for the Indian Parents! Each week some member of the family will bring the Indian children to the Soaring Eagle dance practice. These continued actions involve dedication and commitment. Further, there is a realization of the opportunity to participate in traditional Indian activities in an urban setting. We feel good to see our Indian parents identify their ‘home’ tribal traditions, design and complete the regalia for the dance outfits. The parents can see their American Indian Children realize their pride of tribal identity. Added to this achievement are an environment of peer interaction and the results of the mentoring examples on a variety of levels and interests.

randyRandy Edmonds said, “These may be your tribal ways or they may be different. What is important is that they are American Indian traditional tribal custom and tradition. Aho.” All of these group-gathering activities have an opportunity to bring the traditional function of the back home Tribal dances, seasonal camp circle, public forum, to the parents and the urban Indian community. Traditionally at these and on the reservations, there are announcements, birthdays, and graduations, honoring occasions or guest speakers. This past week the Indian Human Resource Center and the American Indian Clinic announced 30 years of service activities. Soaring Eagles is a viable public forum to reach the American Indian community.

SCAIR, Southern California American Indian Resource, Soaring Eagle dance program in August 2009 is on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Normal Heights Community room. The SCAIR hosted and voluntary potluck meal continues at the beginning of the evening with a blessing by an elder or designated spiritual person. Our SCAIR Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds, is a very faithful and supportive member of the program. He recently announced approval for the Kiowa Gourd Dance instruction and regalia to be taught at the Soaring Eagle program.

SCAIR dance instructor, Edward ‘Chuck’ Cadotte has been encouraging the adults to enter the dance circle and participate. He continues to refine and encourage each category of dance style: Women and men traditional,

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grass dance, jingle dress, shawl dance, Southern women, round dance and mentor each dancer to do their best.

Young singers and parents interested in their children learning the songs have also approached the Soaring Eagle Singers. We have been enjoying the interest of our youthful ‘fans’ at the drum. All are welcome around the drum. However, to have a seat at the drum will require one to sing or at least try to ‘catch’ the tune then the song and finally the words to be a singer at the drum.

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There is still an open invitation for everyone to drop in. All are welcome to enjoy and participate in these SCAIR hosted free Soaring Eagle American Indian Dance classes. We will look to see you and your family next week.