Soaring Eagles Fly with the ‘Sooners’

By Roy Cook.

The Soaring Eagle dance group and their parents and relatives made this Monday night, March 29, 2010, Oklahoma University 9th annual Women and Men Wellness pow wow at the Town and Country in Mission Valley San Diego the best attended in over 10 years. We enjoyed the opportunity to express our culture and traditions. For a timeless four hours we are, once again, in the dance circle. To be in the circle is not an abstract new age ‘buzz word’. This circle contains aspects of the red road we pledge to follow and lightly place our feet to. This dance circle is the entry path to that special place and songs that inspire us to dance beyond our physical selves.

This evening we were fortunate to receive blessing and healing songs from Northern California Pomo tribal members who were attending the Wellness conference. Locally we had a singer pass on and there were memorial and healing songs sung for the family along with an honoring dance in recognition.

Soaring Eagle participants and parents were all appointed to responsible positions as head staff and support positions. We are appreciative for the coordination done by the chairperson: Vickie Gambala and the Emcee SCAIR senior adviser Randy Edmonds. American Indian Warrior Association, AIWA, member Richard Decrane is the Head Gourd dancer and a member of the AIWA Honor Color Guard.

This evening the Wellness Pow wow is as close as we can experience to a down home plains and prairie Indian dance on many of our Tribal reservations. One can live a lifetime in shorter periods of time but for these good four hours in San Diego, California many of us had a dandy time.

Traditional song and Dance has always played an important role in Plains Indian cultures; it is a central element in both religious and secular life. Less than 100 years ago, powwows did not exist, as we know them today, though a variety of dance traditions that would eventually evolve into the modern powwow were in place. Among these traditions were summer gatherings of ceremonial and social dances, and warrior society dances held to honor and bring protection upon their members.

Powwows help to keep song and dance a very real and contemporary part of Native American life. At the same time, the changes that powwows go through help to make them a living art form. It is important to realize that recent innovations and shared styles are not less traditional nor “unauthentic,” as dance dress styles and details still mark personal heritage as well as individual taste. It is all good living in the circle of life!

Soaring Eagle Pow wow opportunities:

Grossmont Pow wow
April 24, 2010
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IHRC Culture Days
Mothers Day Weekend
May 8-9 2010
Balboa Park

San Diego State University
Memorial Day weekend
May 30-31, 2010

Soaring Eagle Pow wow
June 26 & 27, 2010
Ballard Parent Center
Old Town San Diego
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