Soaring Eagles Pause for Indian Summer

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

By Roy Cook

clip_image004We will be back at the Old Town Ballard center on 9/21/10 from 6: -8:30 pm. with smiles and stories to tell.

The Soaring Eagle Dance and Regalia workshop dancers, parents and mentors have been very busy these last two months at Pala, Barona and now Sycuan.

This is a fine time to pause and reflect on the achievements of our Soaring Eagle dancers in Pow wow competing. We are all very proud of all our dancers.

We list those that have placed at the Pala, Barona and Sycuan annual Pow wows dance catagories.

Pala Pow wow Soaring Eagle winners of dance competition were: Melda Cadotte, Monica Jacome, Richard Decrane and Richard Orvedal.

Barona Pow wow Soaring Eagle winners of dance competition were: Balthazaar Jackson, Violet Decrane, Richard Decrane and SDAIHC-Charlene Redner.

Sycuan Pow wow Soaring Eagle winners of dance competition were: Melda Cadotte, ‘BJ’ Jackson and Robert Solis.

This month we feature two of our dedicated, enthusiastic Soaring Eagle dancers that reflect the purpose and goals of the Soaring Eagle program: Violet Decrane and ‘BJ’ Jackson.

clip_image006My name is Violet Love DeCrane, I am Navajo-Crow, and Quiche Maya. My paternal great-grandfather, Frank Hannah Sr., named me “The Little Girl Who Lives by the Sea.” My parents are Richard DeCrane (Navajo/Crow) and Karin DeCrane (Quiche Maya). I have been dancing Southern Traditional since I could walk. I have been dancing Fancy Shawl for about three years. My auntie, Iris, has inspired me to also become a Jingle Dancer. I have been Head Young Girl at Balboa Park Cultural Days (2009 and 2010) and have placed in contest at the Grossmont College Powwow, UCLA Powwow and the Barona Powwow. I am currently in sixth grade and my hobbies include powwow dancing, arts and crafts, origami, and reading. I am also an active member of the Soaring Eagles.

‘BJ’ Jackson is one of our Soaring Eagles traditional dancers. Balthazaar Jackson, is Lipan Apache and very proud of his tribal heritage. He is a 6th grader, loves football, basketball and he plays the trumpet.

As a member of the Soaring Eagles dance group of San Diego his goal is to be the best he can as a Northern Traditional Dancer. He is honored to participate in the Gourd dance for his uncles, Frank and Richard Gonzalez, who are Vietnam Veterans and his cousin Cathy Bouchard who presently is serving in Baghdad, Iraq with the U.S. Airforce.


His uncle, Richard Gonzalez, writes this Tribal excerpt. “The picture below is of my grandmother Paula. Isn’t she just beautiful? I thank God our family had the privilege to have grandma live with us. She was a God fearing woman.

Let us not forget the strength and will of our ancestors to get us here.

On May 18th 1873 the US 4th Cavalry was led by Col Mackenzie to destroy our Lipan village at El Remolino, 30 miles west of Eagle Pass, Texas…. The raid was ordered by then President Grant and gave orders to eliminate and destroy the village and the Lipan’s. 400 soldiers spent 5 hours destroying and massacring our people. They took 29 of our women and children, tying them on horses and removing them from our homeland. clip_image010My great grandmother had her 18-month-old brother killed in her arms. My grandmother asked me in 1962 how the story made me feel. I said angry. She replied, “NO, we are Apache, we honor strength.” So I tell my nephew, “Honor your great grandmother for being strong and surviving so you and all of us could be here. Anger is weakness.  Honor your Ancestors.”


Soaring Eagles continuity of culture:
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!

The National Indian Education Association, NIEA, is still seeking volunteers to assist at the Town and Country conference on October 7-10, 2010.

We will look forward to seeing you and your family at the next American Indian event and Soaring Eagle dance workshop, Old Town Ballard Parent center, September 21, 2010 from 6-8:30pm.


clip_image015For more information: Vickie Gambala
San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program

Everyone is welcome!

San Diego American Indian calendar events can be seen 7/24 on the web: