Taking Heart at Soaring Eagles Workshop

By Roy Cook

Too, two Tuesday to twice recite, how great the night at the February 2, 2010, Soaring Eagle workshop, Overwhelming!



Randy Edmonds, SCAIR Senior advisor and the San Diego Inter-tribal Singers resumed Kiowa Gourd Dance instruction. He was gracious to lead by example and select his gourd and feather fan from the ‘loaners’ that Ben Nance and Roy Cook bring to the evening. Then, 25 or more children and adults circled the center drum for instruction and songs. This is the largest group of Gourd dancers, all ages, in the San Diego area for some ten years or more. It is inspiring to be surrounded by shaking gourds and the cry of the Red Wolf after every song. It was a very good session of Gourd dance.

After the Gourd dance instruction Randy Edmonds, SCAIR Senior advisor offered the blessing for the SCAIR sponsored Potluck meal. Debbie Razo and her crew served up some well-appreciated chili beans and Spanish rice. Many parents and dedicated Soaring Eagle added their potluck contributions to the evening’s offerings. It is all tasty and very good.


There is still quite a bit of overflow enthusiasm from the MLK parade and performance. Vickie Gambala had a large print of the group picture (below) on display and would see about more copies.


We had media visitors from the San Diego Union, reporter and photographer, who stated that the sense of positive community and warm response from the parents was encouraging. They had an opportunity to interview Chandler Hood and his parents, Suzanne and John Hood. Chandler, Navaho Grass dancer, had an interview with Harvard earlier in the day and has been a participant of the Indian Education program for many years.

The San Diego Inter-tribal singers stepped up to the opportunity of singing back up on the stage with the other drum, Leland Red Eagle and Terry Hinsley with Richard Decrane this evening.  Good songs filled the hall and allowed Chuck to focus on personal instruction in the various categories throughout the evening.


This definitely was a special evening to be with our American Indian community for a social, clean, positive, educational and cultural experience. Perhaps we will see you, your family and a friend at the soaring Eagles next week!

Soaring Eagle Pow wow opportunities:

Golden State Gourd Society
Feb. 6, 2010
Winter Gourd Dance 1 pm - 4 pm
Dinner Break 4-5:30
War Dance Pow Wow 6 pm – 9 pm
Sherman Indian High School
9010 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, Ca. 92503
Vendors: Limited Space Call Charley Narcomey 951-264-1330

FEB 19-21
Chasing The Sun Pow Wow & 10k
9400 W. Maryland Ave.,
Glendale, AZ
Click here for Info

The Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 in Sacaton, Arizona, is once again commemorating the 65th anniversary of this event. This event includes a banquet and Pow-Wow on Friday, February 19th and a parade with a military flyover, massing of colors, flag raising, POW/MIA service, wreath laying ceremonies, luncheon hosted by the Women’s Auxiliary Unit 84.

Saturday, February 20th the Gourd Dance and Pow-Wow will be held at the Sacaton Rodeo Grounds.  Contact for the Gourd Dance and Pow-Wow is Marcus Sekayouma 520-562-1626 or nezperce46@yahoo.com.  All Veterans Organizations (veteran color guard/honor guard/etc.), families and friend are welcome to this community event.

For Further Information:

Contact: Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84
P.O. Box 186,
Sacaton, Arizona 85147-0186
Tel: 520-562-8484
Fax: 520-562-3297
E-mail: ihpost84@gilanet.net
Website: irahayespost84.org

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