Soaring Eagles are sponsored by Southern California American Indian Resource Inc.
By Roy Cook
Under clear skies and a full moon this August 24, 2010, we reflect on this San Diego Soaring Eagle evening. Indian Children dancing joyfully on the green grass of Mother Earth.
When you hear someone talk about the dog days of summer, you typically think of the lazy, hazy days of August — a time when people tend to sit back and simply enjoy the end of the vacation season before heading back to school.
Historically, in the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after, Canis, the Dog Star.
The Lakota Tribe of North America has a story that linked the origin of the Seven sisters, Pleiades, to Devils Tower. And, according to the Seri, these same stars are seven women who are giving birth. The constellation is known as Cmaamc, which is apparently a Yuman archaic plural of the noun for women, cmaam.
There are as many traditions as there are tribes in American Indian Cultures.
SCAIR Soaring Eagle dance instructor, Chuck Cadotte announced upcoming events in the urban and rural communities. He also called upon SCAIR Senior Advisor, Randy Edmonds for additional announcements and the blessing for the feed this evening. Frank Gastelem brought prairie sage from ceremony in Rosebud South Dakota for all to take home and use as they needed. Our Soaring Eagle families are constantly encouraging us all with their dedication and enthusiasm. Iris and Adrian donated $200 to the Soaring Eagles in response to her joy with the new jingle dress regalia.
We learn by example and instruction. 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!
Once again, we are fortunate to have two drums for the Indian children to enjoy dancing. Singing with the San Diego Inter-tribal singers this evening are our young singers, Thomas Adson, Jacob and Dakota Jacome also, for the last time since he will be deployed to Afghanistan on Monday, Charlie ‘Chuck’ Backus, USMC active duty, Kim Flying Eagle, Frank Gastelum and our OLD friend Art Andrade. 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 continue to ease the students in to the circle of dance and the pow wow world.
Debbie and the Razo crew had a really well received SCAIR sponsored meal and a bountiful potluck of: grilled hot dogs, chili beans in a meat sauce, garden fresh green salad, potato salad, chips and fresh bread made for a good thankful meal. There was also punch, tea and later cup cakes and ice cream for the birthday celebration.
We appreciate the example of Soaring Eagle parent Abel Jacome for these images and bringing the amplification system, propane grill, tables and twenty chairs this evening. We will look forward to seeing you and your family at the next American Indian event and Soaring Eagle dance workshop, August 31, 2010 from 6-8:30pm.
San Diego Unified School District Title VII Indian Education Program
Everyone is welcome!
San Diego and regional Pow wow activities:
Viejas Bird Singers Gathering
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3rd Annual Honoring Traditions Pow Wow
Pala Band of Mission Indians
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