Fall Shifts Into Place at the Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to the Old Town Ballard center from 6-8:30 pm. with smiles and stories to tell each Tuesday evening. Remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the evening feast. Everyone is welcome.


Soaring Eagle schedule: November 16th will be a Turkey and fixings potluck with the ‘Honoring the Drum’ class, and then dance classes continue December 7 and 14, 2010.

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Quicker shadows lengthen with the clock time shift. These are short days of shifting weather patterns of warm days or rain, cool clear nights with stars brightly illuminating the Holidays to come.

American Indian children, friends and family find their way to Old Town for traditional songs and good company to learn to dance and enjoy the friendship of the gatherings.

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Kiowa elder, Randy Edmonds, offered the evenings blessing for the feast. Dine, John Hood chaperoned a group of student video project visitors.


Abel Jacome filled in for Chuck Cadotte announcing the songs and groups called in to practice dance categories. There was a short break for the distribution of school supplies and backpacks for the students. Later there were some Tee shirts that were also distributed in appreciation of a dance performance held earlier.

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. America’s first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence. Tribal America has brought to this great country certain human values and political ideas that have become ingrained in the American spirit.

How did this month of recognition of our country’s native peoples get started? A brief time line illustrates some of the key events on the way to that designation:

* At the turn of the 20th century, people began making proposals for a day to honor Native Americans.
* In 1914, Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfoot tribe, rode horseback from state to state in the hope of gaining support for a day of tribute.
* The following year, 1915, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a member of the Seneca tribe, persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to designate a day of recognition for Native Americans.
* New York was the first state to observe American Indian Day in 1916. Over the years, other states followed suit in designating a day to honor Native Americans.
* In 1968, Resolved by the Assembly of the State of
California, the Senate thereof concurring, that the Legislature of the State of California recognizes the month of November as California Native American Indian History Month.
* In 1976, a Senate resolution authorized the President of the United States to declare the week of October 10-16, 1976, as Native American Awareness Week.
* The celebration was expanded to a month in 1990.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the next American Indian event: Community Harvest dinner Saturday Nov 13, 10 at the Barrio Station from 1-4:30pm and Soaring Eagle dance workshop at the Old Town Ballard Parent center.

clip_image0021Remember, KPBS is running a 5 part American Indian History series on PBS, We Shall Remain. This week the Eastern Cherokee and the Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu, “The Trail Where They Cried.” And the following week will present Apache, Geronimo, Goyathlay, 1829-1909 and the historical events associated with the Apache. Chris Eyre, Cheyenne/Arapaho, is the director. He loves bursting the bubbles of conservatives and liberals alike who would paint Indians into a corner as either noble or ignoble savages. He uses humor-as opposed to a burning urge to mount a soapbox-compelled Eyre to pursue filmmaking. You can watch them on-line too. There are some good, accurate outfits from Eastern Tribal groups and Apache to see and some good education for your friends, family, and children.

Here is the link:

dsc_2031bboyOur American Indian traditions are a dynamic, living experience and these workshops continue to nurture and they are made a part of the lifelong memories that are added to the tribal memory of the American Indian children. We are following in the paths of wisdom taught by our American Indian Elders and ancestors. These children will tell their children how things were when they were young. The continuity of culture and tribal tradition of will restore the hoop of the world, for all the people. We, as individuals, always need to remember, it is not about us, and it is for the children!

For 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: americanindiansource.com