Square Pants Sponge Bob at Soaring Eagles

By Roy Cook

clip_image0021A new song guest joined the Soaring Eagle Indian Dance workshop on March 15, 2011: Sponge Bob Square pants. Our younger singers: Jake Jacome, Ramon and Chuck, at the San Diego Inter-Tribal drum are very eager to bring in songs of their generation. We all learn together at the drum and together we find joy in providing the songs for the Soaring Eagle children to learn and find their place in the circle of life.

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Many dancers are looking forward to the local pow wow spring season and along with the organization of school spring sports are busy. We are very glad to see them return and welcome many of the adults that are getting up and dancing with the children.

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The blessing tonight is by SCAIR Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds. He and Bonnie have returned to the Soaring Eagles and he, along with Debbie and Paul Razo were alert to the call for, “Elders first.” We all appreciate the ‘back home’ delights of the evening feast. Commodity cheese and ham sandwiches with beans will warm everyone’s heart! There were many other tasty delights this evening too. Remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the evening feast.

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It is all very encouraging to see motivation by example. Next week we will continue with a short orientation by SCAIR Senior advisor, Randy Edmonds on gourd dance and a few songs to encourage more participation, San Diego State pow wow is coming up March 26, 2011 and Soaring Eagle parent David Gloria is the Head Gourd Dancer. The Soaring Eagles have also been invited to present an evening’s workshop at Mesa College April 12th.

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We extend our appreciation for the participants and parents who joined in with the tasks at hand for our need of some physical support: EARLY, removing the lunchroom set up and also LATER, cleaning up after the dance workshop and setting up the room for the next day.

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The SCAIR schoolwork tutoring by Jeannie Alvarado and volunteer schoolteachers are a larger part of the evening education offerings. Education and homework are still high priority with the Indian Education Title VII program.

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Everyone is welcome. San Diego First peoples pow wow trails start at the Old Town Ballard center from 6-8:30 pm. with smiles and stories to tell each Tuesday evening. Maybe we will see you next Tuesday: March 22, or 29, 2011.

For more information on the Soaring Eagles:

San Diego Unified School District

Title VII Indian Education Program

619-293-4431

vgambala@sandi.net

For Soaring Eagle performance- Parent committee Contact:

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951 or Email: bigabes64@yahoo.com

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 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!!
charlese@csufresno.edu, aswilliams@mail.fresnostate.edu

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
http://www.ci.malibu.ca.us/index.cfm/fuseaction/nav/navid/329/

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

June 4
Soaring Eagle Old Town pow wow
Ballard Center playground
San Diego, California

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