Cool Dancing for Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

This overcast cool night, with the heat of the previous week just a memory, July 20, 2010 the Soaring Eagle Dance workshop has a joyful, anticipatory eagerness to attend the upcoming American Indian cultural events in our area: Barona Pow wow, Sycuan Pow wow and the National NIEA conference.

SCAIR Senior advisor Randy Edmonds introduced Camille’s Grandmother Regina Wilson from Pawnee, Oklahoma and her dad Charles Wilson. He then called upon all assembled to keep those who are in need in their prayers: He also offered the blessing for the food. Elders first!

SCAIR dance instructor Chuck Cadotte directed the evening’s dance instruction on the microphone. More families that are new continue to attend from our local reservations and other urban communities. We continue to provide 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 for each category this evening for the dancers to enjoy the change up and work on their endurance. All the other regular dance categories were announced and reviewed

Debbie and the Razo crew had a really well received SCAIR sponsored meal and a bountiful potluck of: always favorite meat loaf, gravy, steamed rice, mixed vegetables, pasta with meat in a tomato sauce, salad, fruit, lettuce salad made for a good thankful meal. Later there was a short sugar break for cupcakes, coffee or punch.

There were three drums this evening and all pushed up good lively intertribal 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 lifelong memories that are added to the tribal memory of 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. We always need to remember, it is not about us, and it is for the children!

Finally, 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 American Indian 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. REMEMBER last class at Ballard next week then we will meet at Pepper tree Park in Balboa Park for the summer.


For more information: Vickie Gambala
San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program

Everyone is welcome!

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