By Roy Cook
Over us tonight, 8/5/09, is a glorious, gargantuan, golden Indian Moon with a rabbit clearly visible. Our Indian ways are as old as the rabbit in the moon. There is a Mayan story that tells when the rabbit tricked jaguar and was so happy thinking of how he had fooled the jaguar that he didn’t notice when jaguar took a great leap and pulled on the elastic vine that rabbit was playing on. Jaguar held with all his strength and then suddenly let go. The rabbit went up and up through the air holding his belly and laughing, and finally the rabbit reached the moon. That is why on nights when the moon is full you can still see the rabbit bending over holding his stomach with laughter. This story is from Mayan people in the state of Yucatan. Maya children still see a rabbit in the moon, though children of other cultures believe there is a man there, or that the moon is made of cheese. Summer nights, summer skies and summer hearts fill with the traditional songs of our American Indian culture.
This Wednesday evening there are many announcements and recognition of our Soaring Eagle dancers achievements at the Peach Springs Havasupai Pow wow and selection of them to responsible positions at upcoming events.
There was so much activity this evening that it brought beck memories of commodity times. There were many ‘cheesy’ grins and smiles for the picture taking by AIWA member William Buchanan and a whole bunch of parents and friends.
The enthusiasm continues at the SCAIR, Southern California American Indian Resource, and Soaring Eagle dance program. Our program continues in August 2009 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. All are welcome to enjoy and participate in these SCAIR hosted free Soaring Eagle American Indian Dance classes. There is an open invitation for everyone to drop in. We will look to see you and your family next week.
SCAIR dance instructor, Edward ‘Chuck’ Cadotte continues to mentor each dancer to do their best and encourage each category of dance style: Women and men traditional, grass dance, jingle dress, shawl dance, Southern women, adult and children round dance.
The Soaring Eagle drum, are encouraged by the excitement and enthusiasm of the parents and Soaring Eagle dancers. We have had a good response to our constructed ‘loaner’ regalia items for use at the dance practice: dance sticks, wing fans, flat fans and gourd rattles. Soaring Eagle singer Ben Nance continues to fit belts and bell straps for the Soaring Eagle dancers. 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.