San Diego Soaring Eagles stories are brought to you by Southern California American Indian Resource, SCAIR.
Soaring Eagles Show Good Heart
By Roy Cook
Our hearts and the primary goal of the Soaring Eagle program ares the children. This dance workshops enthusiasm and quality is evident in the initiative, joy, pride of tribal identity and participation. From beginning of the evening to the end the parents and children at the Soaring Eagles workshop are part of the Traditional community.
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.
Chuck Cadotte 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 by the parents and we thank the constant professionalism of Debbie Razo. Tonight had good comfort food, corn chips, Birthday cake, cup cakes, cookies and punch or coffee were all good and plenty for all to enjoy. Parent and friends participation is 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 two drums tonight. SCAIR tutor Jeanne Alvarado had booklets 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 winter moon in the clear winter skies over San Diego inspired me to recall stories from our Tribal literature of twice told tales.
I’ve been thinking about the place where I was born…In this way, First Born finished the earth. Then he made all animal life and plant life. There was neither sun nor moon then, and it was always dark. The living things didn’t like the darkness, so they got together and told First Born to make something so that the earth would have light. Then the people would be able to see each other and live contentedly with each other. So First Born said, “All right. You name what will come up in the sky to give you light.” They discussed it thoroughly and finally agreed that it would be named “sun”.
Next First Born made the moon and stars, and the paths that they always follow. He said, “There will be plenty of prickly pears and the people will always be happy.” That’s the way First Born prepared the earth for us. Then he went away.
Then the sky came down and met the earth, and the first one to come forth was I’itoi, our Elder Brother. The sky met the earth again, and Coyote came forth. The sky met the earth again, and Buzzard came forth.
Elder Brother, Earth Magician, and Coyote began their work of creation, each creating things different from the other. Elder Brother created people out of clay and gave then the “crimson evening,” which is regarded by the Tohono O’odham as one of the most beautiful sights in the region. The sunset light is reflected on the mountains with a peculiar radiance.
Elder Brother told the Tohono O’odham to remain where they were in that land which is the center of all things. And there the desert people have always lived. They are living there this very day. And from his home among the towering cliffs and crags of Baboquivari, the lonely, cloud-veiled peak, their Elder Brother, I’itoi, spirit of goodness, who must dwell in the center of all things, watches over them.
Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule:
February 23 Thur., 29 Wed.
March 7, 14, 28- all Wednesdays
April 11, 25- all Wednesdays
May 2, 9, 23- all Wednesdays
June 13, Wednesday
Remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles dance workshop evening feast. San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD. Ballard Parent Center. 2375 Congress St. San Diego, CA 92110
Soaring Eagle Director Vickie Gambala
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