Soaring Eagles: 1st of 4 in the Park

clip_image0031Soaring Eagles are sponsored by Southern California American Indian Resource Inc.

By Roy Cook


This August 10, 2010 the Soaring Eagle Dance workshop met, under the sky and stars, at Pepper Grove Park in Balboa Park. Next Soaring Eagle classes on August 17, 24, 31, 2010, 5-8pm.


SCAIR Senior Advisor, Randy Edmonds expressed his positive views of the opportunity to meet out of doors. He reminded us of the special things that are so much a part of the American Indian identity: language, songs and dance. He prayed for all the people and offered the blessing for the food this evening.

There is an eagle in me
and a spotted bird
hurrying corn to grow.

The eagle flies to the
mountains of my dreams, flies
to the corners of my distant hopes.

But the spotted bird
stands among the cornstalks
telling me to hoe.

My hands are the tools of my soul.

They make the drum, the hoe, the
flute, and stretch the skin of the
deer. They work the earth and
care for the sheep and plant the
corn. They greet my homeland
each morning that I awake.

Singing with the San Diego Inter-tribal singers this evening are our young singer, Dakota Jacome and Charlie ‘Chuck’ Backus, USMC active duty. Both, Green River and the host San Diego Inter-tribal Singers drum pushed up good lively intertribal songs for the parents and Soaring Eagle dance students. These songs will reinforce the total pow wow experience. The final round dance songs brought back romantic summer memories of earlier times.

Vickie Gambala announced the upcoming American Indian Soaring Eagle adult performance at the Marriott Hotel and Tribal cultural events: Barona Pow wow, Sycuan Pow wow and need for volunteers at the 41st annual National NIEA conference at the Town & Country on October.

SCAIR dance instructor Chuck Cadotte continues 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.

An American Indian elder described his own inner struggles this way: “Inside of me there two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.” When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, “The one I feed the most.”

Our American Indian traditions are a living experience and these workshops are made a part of lifelong memories that are added to the tribal memory of the American Indian children in the ways of our American Indian Elders and ancestors. These children will tell their children how things were when they were young and the Tribal tradition of 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!

Debbie and the Razo crew had a really well received SCAIR sponsored meal and a bountiful potluck of: fresh grilled hamburgers with lettuce and tomato and mayonnaise, spicy chicken posole (hominy stew), beans and pork, pasta salad, watermelon, chips and corn or fried bread made for a good thankful meal. We add our grateful Aho to Abel Jacome for bringing the outdoor grill and twenty chairs this evening and these pictures.

Finally, most of us continue to be honored to be a part of the program and volunteer our time and talent to help the Indian children gain confidence and learn about fun, positive, healthy, drug and alcohol free involvements.

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”


San Diego Unified School District Title VII Indian Education Program

Everyone is welcome!

San Diego and regional Pow wow activities:

AUG 13 -14
2010 Barona Traditional Gathering
Peon, Traditional Singing Dancing, Family Games, Live Music, Horse Shoes, Invitational Softball Tournament, Food
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AUG 16
Miss Kumeyaay Nation Pageant 2010
Judging and Tabulation @ Viejas
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AUG 28
Viejas Bird Singers Gathering
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AUG 27 - 29
3rd Annual Honoring Traditions Pow Wow
Pala Band of Mission Indians
Pala, California Download Pala Pow Wow Flyer HERE