Soaring Eagle Joyful July

By Roy Cook

girlstraditionalThis overcast, breezy July 6, 2010 Soaring Eagle Dance workshop has a joyful, anticipatory eagerness. Students and parents are looking forward to a dance presentation at San Marcos University. Also, upcoming are the annual American Indian cultural events in our area. The workshop activities focus is a review of the program at the Ballard Parent Center in Old Town.  At recent pow wows, lifelong memories were added to the tribal memory the children in the ways of our ancestors. These children will tell their children how things were when they were young and the continuity of culture will restore the hoop of the world, for all the people.

SCAIR Senior advisor Randy Edmonds called upon the assembled to keep all who are in need in their prayers: He also offered the blessing for the food. Elders first!

Debbie and the Razo crew had a really well received SCAIR sponsored meal and a bountiful potluck of: spaghetti in meat sauce, rice goulash, potato salad, fruit, lettuce salad and the usual condiments made for a good grub meal. Later there was a short sugar break for cupcakes, coffee or punch.

singerswebSan Diego Intertribal singers were the headliners this evening and pushed up good live pow wow songs for the parents and dance students. These will reinforce the total pow wow experience. American Indian traditions are a living experience and made a part of a memorable shared life history with the Soaring Eagle youth community. We always need to remember, it is not about us, and it is for the children!


Vicky Gambala directed the evening’s dance instruction on the microphone. We continued with basic instruction for the new and younger dancers. Once they learn the basic steps they can join in with greater confidence. We again had two songs this evening for the dancers to enjoy the change up and work on their endurance for each category. All the other regular dance categories were announced and reviewed.


youngwomenFinally, most of us are honored to be asked to volunteer our time and talent to help the Indian children gain confidence and learn about fun, positive, healthy, drug and alcohol free involvements. Maybe we will see you and your family at the next event or the Soaring Eagle Dance Workshop on Tuesday Evening, 6:00pm, at the Old Town Ballard Parent center, 2375 Congress Street San Diego, Ca 92110.

For more information: Vickie Gambala

San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program

Everyone is welcome!

San Diego and regional Pow wow activities:

San Marcos University
Soaring Eagle Dance presentation - 10am
Call Vickie Gambala for more info. 619-916-1506

JULY 16 - 18
Redbird’s Children of Many Color’s Powwow
Moorpark College Athletic Field
7075 Campus Rd
Moorpark, Ca
Info: 805-217-0364

JULY 16-20
United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.
San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina

JULY 31, AUG 1
SCIC 42nd Annual Powwow
Garden Grove High School
11271 Stanford Ave
Garden Grove, Ca
Info: 714-962-6673

AUG 13-14
2010 Barona Traditional Gathering
Peon, Traditional Singing Dancing, Family Games, Live Music, Horse Shoes, Invitational Softball Tournament, Food
Click here for Flier