Soaring Eagles Review the Basics

By Roy Cook 


Tonight, two songs, two dance areas, two drums and too good to miss!
Tiny tot dancers and singers enjoyed the ‘special’ songs composed for
them. Each dance category danced two songs to better be prepared to
dance in real time: anywhere, anytime.
Our American Indian parents spoke to how things and dancers participated
in their tribal area in years past. It takes courage to speak before a
large group in public but at the Soaring Eagles it is a non-pressure
environment. We really like it this way.
Experienced, contest winners and past head dancers mentored the children
in the movement and steps of the American Indian traditional dance.
Every mentor cannot make it every week but each week there is always
someone that has stepped up to share what they know of our Indian ways.
This is the Indian way. 


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 will
continue into the new year! 



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

Harold J. Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110 


*Soaring Eagle performance*/Parent committee: 

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951 

The Soaring Eagles will be participating in the Martin Luther King Day
Parade and at a Multi-cultural event this weekend. 

We are very fortunate to have a location to gather at and live our
Indian ways. We are fortunate to have volunteers to share their dance
and song experience and very fortunate to have children eager to have a
good time doing Indian things. 

A wise tribal member recently said, "We cannot teach our Indian ways. We
need to live them." These weekly immersions into traditional tribal
culture by America’s first peoples allow us to 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. 

San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to the Old Town, Harold J.
Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110 

Indian Dance workshop is from 6-8:30 pm. with smiles and stories to tell
each Tuesday evening. Remember ‘Back to Basics’ Soaring Eagle 2011 dance

January 18, 26 

February 1, 6, 15, 22 

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Also, bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles evening
feast. Everyone is welcome. 

*This winter is an excellent time to work on our dance regalia for the
2011 pow wow season. * 

REMINDER: Review 7/24 some traditional East and West coast winter
ceremonies posted on the Soaring Eagle page.

Native American Winter Ceremonies

Presented by Roy Cook

blanketThe Northwest Coast American Indian Potlatch is a festival ceremony practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. This includes Haida, Nuxalk, Tlingit, TsimshianNuu-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.)

March 26
San Diego State one day Pow wow
West side of campus, Alumni Center
Contact: Preston Chipps at 619-594-1681

April 23-24
26th Annual UCLA Contest Powwow
UCLA- North Athletic Field
Sunset Blvd and Westwood Plaza - Parking $10
2nd Annual Miss UCLA Powwow Princess Pageant, Easter Egg Hunt!!
All dancers and singers welcome! All arts and crafts vendors welcome!

April 22, 23 & 24
ASU 25th Annual Contest pow wow
Arizona State University’s Hayden Lawn, Tempe, AZ
10:00am 13,000 attendees expected.
** Estimated start time — Please confirm **

May 7& 8 - Mothers Day
American Indian Culture Days in Balboa Park. Contact: Indian Human Resource Center, IHRC, 619-281-5964 or