Indian Summer Nights for Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

The Soaring Eagle program continues this Indian Summer 2009 on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Ballard Parent Center in Old Town. Access to parking is from Jefferson St. We can see each week why we continue to attend the SCAIR, Southern California American Indian Resource, and Soaring Eagle dance program. It is something good for the Indian children and we are there for the them.

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The SCAIR sponsored and community potluck continues to be very popular. This is largely due to the dedication of all the Razo family to help Debbie Razo bring in these good meals. After the blessing and announcements we wait for the call, “Elders first!” All there get a good plate of tasty food.

There are many conditions defining the term “Indian Summer.” Other regions require a frost but in Southern California, it is generally associated with a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by cooler dry and hazy conditions ushered in on a south or southwesterly breeze. Many still refer to autumn as a transition season as the thunderstorms and severe weather of the summer give way to a tamer, calmer weather period before the turbulence of the winter commences. Everywhere on this hemisphere is originally Indian Land and we are very comfortable with the term Indian Summer and with the Soaring Eagles.

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Tonight, Chuck Cadotte spoke on the four directions and the qualities they represent. As in the past, we need to focus and listen to the voices and wisdom of our parents and relatives. All will be good as long as we keep that thought respectfully in mind.

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The birthday boy, dance instructor, Edward ‘Chuck’ Cadotte, had cake and ice cream and a song in celebration of another year with the SCAIR Soaring Eagles. He 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 and Northern Plains owl dance.

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The Soaring Eagle singers were in full force and voice tonight. There are two drums and many songs for all levels of enjoyment. Every so often we could feel the Indian Summer cool ocean breezes sliding by to refresh our sizzling hot sounding singers: Alex and Frank Gastelem, Kim Flying Eagle, Ben Nance, Richard Decrane, Terry Hinsley, Adrian and Adrian Ortiz. Tomas Decrane, Roy Cook, Leland Red Eagle and Korey Black Bear also joined the singers.

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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: September 15, 2009 2375 Congress St. Ballard Parent Center in Old Town, San Diego.