Soaring Eagles Gear Up for the Nationals

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

By Roy Cook

Many Soaring Eagle dancers will participate in responsible roles at the NIEA pow wow on October 8, 2010. The traveling performance dance team has been very busy these past two weeks!


There are many storms in life. Quality of life will be determined if you just survive the storm or dance in the rain!

dsc_0335web1San Diego American Indian trails lead to the Old Town Ballard center from 6-8:30 pm. with smiles and stories to tell each Tuesday evening. Inside the Ballard Center, we continue to see many new faces and familiar friends gathered for the Soaring Eagle Dance and regalia Tuesday night workshop.

allpracticeTonight SCAIR senior advisor Randy Edmonds summarizes community news and provides the blessing for the evening SCAIR sponsored meal. Soaring Eagle family and friends continue to bring potluck side dishes to add to the variety of the dinner. Debbie and the Razo crew served up: chilidogs, chili beans and nachos, pasta salad, green salad, fruit salad, tea and hot coffee. Later, our sugar break had pie for some and cookies for everyone. It was all very yummy.

jinglepracticeOur observation is reinforced, over the past two years, and has shown that we can make an impact on our urban and rural American Indian children. We continue to emphasize that the primary goal of the Soaring Eagles is: The continuity of American Indian 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!

Many Soaring Eagle dancers will participate in responsible roles at the NIEA pow wow on October 8, 2010.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Town and Country Resort Hotel
5000 Hotel Circle
San Diego, CA

6:00 – 7:00 PM Gourd Dancing
7:00 – 11:00 PM Inter-Tribal

Vickie Gambala, SDUSD Indian Education Program
Richard Orvedal, Soaring Eagles Committee
Phil Hale, Southern Indian Center
Ruben Little Head, Cupa Cultural Center

Skye McMichael, La Jolla Indian Reservation

Interested in new methods of learning or teaching Indian languages? Visit: See you at NIEA! Friday, October 8, 2010, Session E, 2:45pm - 4:15pm, Garden Salon Two Meeting Room or at Booth Number 218

gourdpracticeTonight we had three drums. In anticipation of the Friday gourd session, there was a short practice of songs and instruction by SCAIR senior advisor Randy Edmonds. The singers were eager to sing when called upon for the dance categories selected by SCAIR American Indian dance instructor, Chuck Cadotte. Tiny tots, girls, boys, junior categories, jingle dress, shawl, grass dance, crow hop and the all-popular round dance brought out enthusiasm, happy feet and spontaneous smiles.

dillonWe 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.

Soaring Eagle Dancer and student, Dylan All runner was recognized for receiving an award for Scholastic and citizenship achievement.

For more information:
Vickie Gambala
San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program
CELL (619) 916-1506

Everyone is welcome!

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