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Soaring Eagles break the chill tonight
By Roy Cook
The primary goal of the Soaring Eagle program is the children. This dance workshops quality is evident in the initiative, joy, pride of tribal identity and participation, from beginning to end, of the parents and children at the Soaring Eagles workshop. Many are also looking forward to participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade at noon along Harbor Blvd on Sunday 1/15/12.
This Wednesday night most of our positive Soaring Eagle dance workshop elements of support were there for the benefit of the children: Elders. Singers, dance mentors along with community announcements, food and folks ready to have a good time doing this thing for the children.
SCAIR Historian, Roy Cook delivered the blessing for the food and asked for prayers for those whose relatives had passed on and for those in need of compassion and a kind word. The evening pot luck feast was well supported and we thank the constant professionalism of Debbie and her Father, Paul Razo. Good hot chili, sweet corn, baked chicken, corn chips, donuts and punch or coffee were all good and plenty for all to enjoy. Parent and friends participation are very important to the social aspect of the program success. Remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles dance workshop evening feast. It is our Traditional Indian way to practice hospitality and generosity when we invite all to attend an Indian gathering and share the meal with the whole community.
We enjoyed the songs of the San Diego Inter-tribal drum tonight. SCAIR tutor Jeanne Alvarado had booklets on Peacekeepers in the World and an activity coloring booklet for the younger children. We invite you to bring your children and family to learn about Inter-tribal dance and regalia by observation and participation in a traditional way. Winter chill and the big moon behind the cloudy skies over San Diego inspire me to recall stories from our Tribal literature of twice told tales.
I’ve been thinking about the Cree story that tells a different variation, about a young rabbit who wished to ride the moon. Only the crane was willing to take him. The trip stretched Crane’s legs as the heavy rabbit held them tightly, leaving them elongated as crane’s legs are now. When they reached the moon Rabbit touched Crane’s head with a bleeding paw, leaving the red mark cranes wear to this day. According to the legend, Rabbit still rides the moon to this day.
The Indian children are our Soaring Eagle workshop priority and our Indian culture future. Come on down to the Ballard parent center for the pow wow dance, music and also enjoy the friendship of the winter 2012 Soaring Eagle gatherings.
Finally, we feel very good that there is again with this first month of the New Year, a spirit of enthusiasm, harmony and balance. These are qualities that we will look and strive toward in the 2012 pow wow dance circle.
Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule: (as available to date)
January 25 Wednesday
February 1, 8, 23, all Wednesdays
March 7, 14, 28 all Wednesdays
April 11, 25 all Wednesdays
May 2, 9, 23 all Wednesdays
June 13, Wednesday.
San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD.
Harold J. Ballard Parent Center.
2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110
SOARING EAGLE EVENTS SCHEDULE:
Martin Luther King 32nd. Annual parade at noon, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Soaring Eagles can park and assemble at County Health, end of Grape St. It is along Harbor Blvd (just like the Balloon parade) the TV and judges will be in front of the SD County Administration building. Drinks and sandwiches will be served after the parade.
FEB 24 - 26
Annual Quechan Pow Wow
67th Anniversary Iwo Jima Flag Raising
Veterans Memorial Park
Click here for Flier
Cal State Long Beach Pow wow
Upper Campus Quad, CSU Long Beach
Long Beach, Calif.
Contact - Anna Nazarian-Peters (562) 985-8528
San Diego State Univ.
Annual Pow wow
Head staff: TBA
Fresno State First Nations Powwow
Info: Angie Segura, (559) 307-7865
MAY 12 & 13
19th Annual Chi-Tock-Non Kote-U-Pu Powwow
Mariposa Co. Fairgrounds
Info: (209) 742-2244