Soaring Eagles Love To Dance

By Roy Cook

The announcements and calling for the Tiny Tots to start off the evening is received eagerly by most of the students who attend the Soaring Eagles. The Indian Dance workshop is from 6-8:30 pm. In an effort to adjust to changes we need some support cleaning up and setting up the room for the next day. Hopefully the families will appreciate being able to leave a bit earlier from the Soaring Eagles workshop. Preparation for the next day, Education and homework are still high priority with the Indian Education Title VII program.


Tuesdays evening’s February 15 is under a topsy-turvy moon. The moon is almost but not quite full. Our elders have long looked to the skies to see what may be coming next. This low opening to the moon may indicate sorrowful showers or tears of joy more in keeping with the season of hearts and flowers. Tomorrow’s bright sun or cleaning rains will tell us more what will be.

As we progress into the school year with changes and adjustments the attendance fluctuates. But we are still seeing Indian families returning to the Soaring Eagle dance workshop after the Holidays and the organization of spring sports. We are very glad to see them return and welcome any new families too!

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

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

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The blessing tonight is by SCAIR Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds. He has returned to the Soaring Eagles with his wife Bonnie and along with Debbie and Paul Razo looked forward to the call for, “Elders first.” We all appreciate the parents and elders that bring in covered pots of tasty delights for the evening feast.

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Tonight we had three drums ready to sing inter-tribal songs and help the mentors and dancers realize the children’s achievements. Dance category and song Mentors are demonstrating and working hard to assist the students in each category by giving encouragement to the eager children that come when they can and equally to those that come every week.

Regalia construction also continues. There are regalia sewing workshops and Joe Landry is instructing on moccasin construction one of the side rooms of the Ballard center. Ben Nance still provides custom fit leather belts for waists and straps for dancers’ bells.


We continually are encouraged by the support of our Tribal Elders attending from out of town and San Diego. We sincerely feel the workshops 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. As adult participants, we always need to remember, it is not about us, it is all for our tribal future-the children!


San Diego First peoples pow wow trails start at the Old Town Ballard center from 6-8 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 to be with America’s Finest People!


For more information on the Soaring Eagles:

San Diego Unified School District

Title VII Indian Education Program


For Soaring Eagle performance- Parent committee Contact:

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951 or Email:

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

MARCH 12th & 13th
American Indian Student Council
California State University, Long Beach

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

April 9
20th Annual First Nation’s Powwow
Contest powwow
Fresno State University, Fresno, CA
Come out and support Fresno State’s First Nations Indigenous Student Organization and make it a successful one!!,

April 16 & 17
13th Annual Chumash Day Powwow & Inter Tribal Gathering
Traditional Powwow honoring the Chumash, the original settlers in beautiful Malibu.
Sat - 11am to 7pm and Sun -10am to 5pm
Powwow location overlooks Pacific Ocean. Free event, free parking. Native foods, art & crafts, education, and more.
Malibu Bluffs Park- 24250 PacificCoastHighway, Malibu, CA.
For vendor information contact Kristin at (310) 456-2489 ext. 350

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

June 4
Soaring Eagle pow wow

Saturday,   Noon to 10:00 P.M.
Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St., San Diego CA 92110