By Roy Cook
This review of the Soaring Eagles American Indian dance and regalia cultural class on Tuesday evening, January 12, 2010 is short and sweet. But not as sweet as the birthday cake for Ms Vickie Gambala. She was announced to be 29 and holding. There were rowdy volunteers that wanted swats for each of her years but that was booed down.
The SCAIR Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds was called upon for a blessing to open the evening activities. He also spoke to the reason for the census and our part in it. Lastly, he announced that there would be Kiowa Gourd Dance instruction next week. Bring your gear.
Debbie Razo called the play for the SCAIR sponsored pot-luck meal with the football season in mind, Tailgaters special: hot chili dogs, Subway sandwiches, pasta salad, nachos and side dishes along with punch and hot coffee provide a fulfilling warm glow in the stomach. GO CHARGERS!
The singers set up close to the 6pm starting time and began singing songs until SCAIR American Indian Dance instructor Chuck Cadotte called for the first category and the instruction started. Announcements of upcoming activities and public performances were distributed and announced to the assembled group. Upcoming Conferences, parades, pow wow and organization presentations hold promise of a full, busy year for the Soaring Eagles.
The dancers: Women, men, boys and girls, jingle, shawl, grass, traditional looked ready to dance all the night. Everyone appreciates the support of the proud parents and families. Many other organizations attend the evening dance class just for the warm opportunity to visit and announce their services or programs. Everyone is always respectfully welcome to enjoy the gathering.
Soaring Eagles meet at the Ballard Parent Center in Old Town San Diego from 6pm to 8:30pm Tuesday night at this location:
From Hwy. 8 West take Hwy 5 South:
Exit Old Town Ave. Cross the traffic light and make a left on Jefferson St.
Parking is available for parents, dancers, and singers in the upper lot. Enter on Jefferson Street.
For more Soaring Eagle performances or information contact: San Diego Union School District Indian Education Title VII coordinator Vickie Gambala: or SCAIR American Indian Dance instructor Chuck Cadotte: 619-994-0392
Soaring Eagle events:
January 14, 2010: Martin Luther Day Parade and 3pm performance after the parade. Parade 10am Call chuck or Vickie.
January 15, 2010: Rubio’s for Soaring Eagle fund raiser. 10460 Friars Rd. DS. CA 92120 2-9pm, Bring coupon!