By Roy Cook
This beautiful, warm, sunny gathering of American Indian rural residents interested in wellness and good health had a wonderful time. The Soaring Eagles appreciated the invitation to perform, April 30, 2011 at the health gathering for the Southern Indian Health Council, SCIHC, 4058 Willows Rd. Alpine, CA 91901, Phone: 619-445-1188.
This afternoon the Soaring Eagles dance group, in spectacular full regalia presented pow wow dance selections sung by the San Diego Inter-tribal Singers. The Ballard Center’s Soaring Eagles Dance Workshop is an after-school cultural arts program, offered as part of the Center’s American Indian Education Title VII program. The Soaring Eagle program provides Native American/Alaskan Native K-12 students with an opportunity to learn traditional regalia, dance and music along with a respect for inter- tribal customs.
“The students who attend the Soaring Eagles Workshop are often removed from their tribal reservations, traditional tribal ceremonies and customs,” said program organizer Vicky Gambala, “We are pleased to support this important program that encourages students to participate in these culturally enriching activities, improving their self concept and cultural pride, which impacts their success in school and life.”
This dance program is located in Old Town. The Ballard Parent Center serves as the home of San Diego Parent University, where parents learn how to strengthen their parenting skills, become more involved in their children’s education as academic coaches and improve their ability to communicate with their children.
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
Finally, we extend our appreciative thanks to the East county Kumeyaay reservations and the Southern California Indian Health Council. And we hope to see you and your family at the next American Indian community event.