Soaring Eagles Adjust to Change

By Roy Cook

This May 18, 2010 SCAIR Soaring Eagle Dance workshop participants were relocated to the lower parking lot. Historically Relocation is a very familiar and unpleasant term for American Indian families. From the reservation on wheels promises of the federal government to the administrative cultural genocide of the 1950s termination/relocation programs. These two are but a mention of the need, value and benefit of this Soaring Eagle workshop for our Indian children’s cultural identity and future. But if the American Indian has a shared trait, it is that they are adaptable and tough.

This past weekend, the Soaring Eagle performance group participated with the Red Warriors at the Museum of Man Indian Market this past weekend.


This Tuesday evenings announcements included a gifting of an honor feather to one of our students in higher education. Also, a young dancer, Balthazaar Jackson, was awarded a new traditional dance bustle for his dedication and progress with the Soaring Eagles.


These public honoring activities inform and demonstrate, by example the protocol and respect of the pow wow circle. American Indian traditions are a living experience and made a part of a shared life history with the Soaring Eagle community. Maybe we will see you and your family at the next Soaring Eagle Dance Workshop on Tuesday Evening, 6:30pm, at the Old Town Ballard Parent center. Everyone is welcome!

6:00pm – 6:30 pm SCAIR sponsored and Potluck Dinner
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Grand Entry & Powwow Dance Practice

Harold J Ballard Parent Center Old Town

2375 Congress StreetSan Diego, Ca 92110
Vickie Gambala
San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program

We had two drums this evening; this gave the dancers  added opportunities to enjoy dancing grand entry to songs for each category. All the other regular dance categories were reviewed too.

Debbie and the Razo crew had a really well received SCAIR sponsored meal of fried chicken, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, macaroni salad, Jell-O salad, raw vegetables, corn chips and tortillas this evening. Excellent grub! Later in the evening, we celebrated two birthdays with songs, cake, ice cream smoothies and coffee or punch. The evening was musically topped off with the ever-popular round dance for all visitors, students and parents to enjoy and work out the kinks of sitting there for the last hour or so.

There are many Pow wow activities coming up in our San Diego community these next three months. Our Soaring Eagles are continually being selected for responsible head staff positions at these events.

San Diego and regional Pow wow activities:

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San Diego Native American Sights, Sites, Delights
On -Going Events
MAY 20
Please join us for the opening of the new exhibition:
Shahuuk Matwam Nyuk Pekwilly
Ten Years Have Passed - A retrospective look at the first decade of
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
5:30-7:30pm Light refreshments will be served
Please RSVP by May 17th
(619) 443-7003 x 2
MAY 22-23
9th Annual AISA Pow wow at UCI
10-10 pm
Location: Mesa Field at UCI
MAY 30-31
San Diego State University
Memorial Day weekend
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A ‘ReNew’ Community Celebration of Health & Fitness
Admiral Baker Field (Friars Road East exit off I-15)
10am - 4pm
Food, Games, Potluck, Good People, Lots of Fun for ALL
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JUNE 26 & 27
Soaring Eagle Pow wow
Ballard Parent Center
Old Town San Diego
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