Soaring Eagles January Visitors

By Roy Cook

The extended American Indian organizations community continues to respond to the value of our group of children and parents as an interested constituency. The American Indian Clinic children’s program is aggressively doing an outreach for programs and services available at the Clinic and other departments: dental, and community forums.

Also, tonight, the San Diego State Alumni group made their presence known to the Soaring Eagle group. They announced the selection of many Soaring Eagle participants to be head staff at their annual Pow wow on March 26, 2011.

Our Bird singing colleague, Louis Guassic brought in some pertinent information about a Diabetes awareness run to be held in the Southern California region. It will be starting from La Jolla cove in San Diego.

Additionally, selected Artists and craft people were announced and introduced to the parents. Regalia construction continues.

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There are regalia and moccasin construction workshops in the side rooms of the Ballard center. Ben Nance still provides custom fit leather belts for waists and straps for dancers’ bells.

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The Indian Dance workshop is from 6-8:30 pm. with fellowship and stories to tell each Tuesday evening. Remember it is, ‘Back to Basics’ Soaring Eagle at the 2011 dance classes:

Before the dancing and during the feasting, the Soaring Eagles parent committee took the time to circulate a microphone and every person could identify themselves and state, if applicable, their tribal affiliation or their dance category or child they were encouraging to participate.

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Tonight we had three drums ready to sing and help the mentors and dancers realize the children’s achievements. Dance and song Mentors are ready to assist by giving encouragement to the eager children that come when they can and some that come every week. Education and homework is still the priority with the Indian Education Title VII program.

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We sincerely feel we are following in the paths of tradition determined by the wisdom taught to us by our American Indian Elders and ancestors. These children today 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, for all our relations. We, as individuals, always need to remember, it is not about us, and it is all for the children!

San Diego American Indian pow wow trails start at 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. Maybe we will see you next Tuesday, everyone is welcome!

For more information on the Soaring Eagles:

San Diego Unified School DistrictTitle VII Indian Education Program
vgambala@sandi.net

Contact for Soaring Eagle performance- Parent committee:

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951

February 1, 6, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

San Diego Soaring Eagle stories and American Indian calendar events can be seen 7/24 on the web: americanindiansource.com

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!
AISA at UCLA

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 elist@IHRC.sdcoxmail.com