By Roy Cook
We have been blessed with the visits of our cloud dancing rain relations and our water reservoirs are full. The clear, star filled, cool evening brings an energy and added desire to dance. We are very fortunate to have a location to gather, volunteers to share their dance and song experience and children eager to have a good time doing Indian things.
America’s first peoples continue to gather together, endure and remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence in the San Diego region. Tribal America has brought to this great country certain human values and political ideas that have become ingrained in the American spirit. We have some traditional winter ceremonies posted on the Soaring Eagle page.
Native American Winter Ceremonies
Presented by Roy Cook
The Northwest Coast American Indian Potlatch is a festival ceremony practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. This includes Haida, Nuxalk, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw, and Coast Salish cultures. The word comes from the Chinook trade language, meaning “to give away” or “a gift”. At potlatch gatherings, a family or hereditary leader hosts guests in their family’s house and holds a feast for their guests. The main purpose of the potlatch is the re-distribution and reciprocity of wealth. (Read more at hot link below.)
We had three drums to give us a good session of songs this evening for all the dance categories.
American Indian children, friends and family continue to find their way to Old Town for traditional songs and good company. We invite you to bring your children and family to learn the pow wow dance and enjoy the friendship of the gatherings. The ‘Back to Basics’ dance classes continue into the new year!
For more information: Vickie Gambala
San Diego Unified School District
Title VII Indian Education Program
Soaring Eagle performance/Parent committee:
Abel Jacome – 619-454-4951
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 ‘Back to Basics’ Soaring Eagle 2011 dance classes:
January 11, 18, 26
February 1, 6, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Also, bring a potluck item or side dish for the evening feast. Everyone is welcome.
Twenty Fifth Pow Wow at ASU
April: 22, 23, 24 10:00a
at Arizona State University’s Hayden Lawn, Tempe, AZ
Contest pow wow
13,000 attendees expected.
** Estimated start time — Please confirm **