By Roy Cook
Soaring Eagle November 16th, 2010, is a festive, joyful gathering. Thanksgiving season theme decorations set off the covered tables for the feast.
Green River lead and head singers took the stage and presented their views on the songs, protocol and styles of contemporary pow wow singing. Pre and post presentation questionnaires are circulated. Current and traditional aspects of the singing are reviewed and questions from the floor are answered on many pow wow activities.
Good food, spiritual prayer, community announcements and recent performance activities are reviewed and reported by participants and event coordinators. Some of the regulars had family or festive obligations but there are still many new faces and Indian families stopping by for the good times.
November is National American Indian Heritage Month. America’s first peoples continue to endure 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.
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 and Soaring Eagle dance workshop at the Old Town Ballard Parent center.
Our 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 for the children!
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. The dance classes continue December 7 and 14, 2010.
For more information:
San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program
Everyone is welcome!
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: December 7 and 14, 2010, to bring a potluck item or side dish for the evening feast. Everyone is welcome!