Soaring Eagles Back to Ballard for the Month

By Roy Cook



The June 7, Tuesday workshop is a continuation of the Soaring Eagle 2nd annual Pow wow on June 4, 2011. This was a pow wow for the children but all were welcome to participate. The San Diego community responded with enthusiasm! Enjoy the day of beauty, pride and cultural identity at the Soaring Eagle pow wow and down town parade. We thank our Soaring Eagle parents for these images from family and friends of the Soaring Eagles.


At the Pow wow, our Soaring Eagles coordinator, Vickie Gambala, continues to enjoy her pride and joy of a professional legacy, the Soaring Eagle workshop and dancers.

This Tuesday night, June 7, 2011 Soaring Eagle dance workshop is like taking a breather between songs. There are many graduation events and summer sports that will occupy some of the parents and students time. We continually look forward to experienced, contest winners and past head dancers to mentor the children in the movement and steps of the American Indian traditional dance. Frank and Jennifer Gastelum stepped up and with a little assistance made the dance instruction exciting and entertaining. We are pleased to continue to see new faces show up to enjoy the songs and workshop classes.



These weekly immersions into traditional tribal culture and participation in public American Indian gatherings allow us to endure and remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence in the San Diego region. We are fortunate to have volunteers to share their dance and song experience and truly blessed to have children eager to have a good time doing Indian things.

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We are very fortunate to have a location to gather at and live our Indian ways. We invite all to attend the local San Luis Rey and Imperial Beach pow wows later this month.


We also invite you to bring your children and family to learn by observation and participation, a traditional way, the pow wow dance, music and also enjoy the friendship of the gatherings.



San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to the Old Town, Harold J. Ballard Parent Center.

2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110

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

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 contact:

Abel Jacome - 619-454-4951 or Email:


San Diego Soaring Eagle stories are brought to you by Southern California American Indian Resource, SCAIR.


San Diego Pow wow Events:

June 11-12
San Luis Rey Powwow
Click for web site

June 18 & 19
8th Annual Powwow by the Sea
924 Seacoast Drive,
Imperial Beach, CA
Info: (619) 429-6621
Click for Flier

Aug 6
Santa Ysabel Traditional Gathering
12:00 Opening
Click here for Flier