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Soaring Eagles Dancing in the Rain

By Roy Cook

At the risk of the cliché ‘rain dance’ the Soaring Eagle dance workshop on April 25, 2012 was successful in spite of the predicted precipitation this Wednesday. This evening began with a congratulatory talk for the dancers, by Chuck Cadotte, on the fine presentation for Dalai Lama at the SDSU Viejas arena. We made it home missing the wet roads and added hazards of the night.

Tonight, our SCAIR Senior Advisor Randy Edmonds provided the blessing for the feast. Also, tonight most of our positive Soaring Eagle dance workshop elements of support were there for the benefit of the children:
announcements of community events and upcoming pow wows.

There was a fine healthy mixed vegetable potluck: rice, AIWA provided pepperoni pizza, grilled mixed vegetables and fresh slaw. Later we had donuts and punch. We acknowledge and appreciate all parents and folks are ready to have a good generous time doing this potluck thing for the children. Our focus for the Soaring Eagle program is always the children.

Our most democratic and teaching drum group: San Diego Inter-tribal singers were most pleased to set the dancers toes tapping. Ben brought in some bells for the students to enjoy and better find the rhythm of the drum. It is all a good thing we do for the children. For many looking on there was a faraway look in their eyes. As they heard the sound of the bells and songs and where they might have been when they heard the sound of the drum and Indian songs in the winds of times past. Old friends and children who are learning the songs and drum protocol gathered around and joined in with enthusiasm.

Parent and friends participation are very important to the Tribal 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 the next Indian gathering and share the meal with the whole community.

San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD, Ballard Parent Center, 2375 Congress St. San Diego, CA 92110.

Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule as published:
May 2, 9, 23- all Wednesdays
June 13, Wednesday

The Soaring Eagle performance dance group will be very active over the remainder of the 2012 spring. For Soaring Eagle, contact: Vickie Gambala 619-306-7318.

May 4 - 6, 2012
2nd Annual THA Powwow National Orange Show Fairgrounds San Bernardino,Ca
Info: Michelle Dahl (800) 732-8805 x 1116
Head Staff MC: Ruben Littlehead AD: Rusty Gillette Dance Judge: Juaquin Hamilton Drum Judge: Randy Paskemin

May 5 & 6, 2012
Mother Earth People Inter-tribal Traditional Powwow Mojave Narrows Regional Park 18000 Yates Rd Victorville, Ca
$10 park fee, camping available Info: (760) 245-2398
MC - Bobby WhiteBird, Michael Reifel AD - Eugene Newman HGD - Steve Bohay Host Drum - Black Lodge Singers Host Southern Drum - Hale & Company Host Northern Drum - Blue Star

May 12 & 13, 2012
American Indian Culture Days Balboa Park,
Park Blvd & Presidents Way
San Diego, Ca
Info: Jonathan York @ (619) 281-5964

May 19 & 20, 2012

2nd Annual UCSD Powwow Muir Field,
UC San Diego 9450 Gillman Dr La Jolla, Ca
MC - Randy Edmonds Headman - Richard DeCrane Headlady - Nora Pulskamp Host Northern - Green River

May 11 - 13, 2012
Northern/Southern Winds Recognizing No Borders LA Historic Park
1245 N Spring St Los Angeles, Ca

May 11 - 13, 2012
41st Annual Stanford Powwow Eucalyptus Grove, Galvez and Campus Drives Stanford, Ca
Info: Maija Cruz @ (650) 723-4078

May 12 & 13, 2012
Cal State Dominguez Hills Powwow Sculpture Gardens, CSUDH 1000 E Victoria St Carson, Ca
Info: (310) 243-2438
MC - John Dawson AD - Victor Chavez Host Southern Drum - Sooner Nation Host Northern Drum - Changing Spirits Pow Wow Flyer.pdf

May 12 & 13, 2012
19th Annual Chi-Tock-Non Kote-U-Pu Powwow Mariposa County Fairgrounds Mariposa, Ca
Info: (209) 742-2244

May 18 - 20, 2012
Susanville Indian Rancheria 3rd Annual Memorial Powwow Lassen County Fairgrounds 195 Russell Ave Susanville, Ca
Info: Donna Clark @ (530) 257-5449

May 25 & 26, 2012
31st Annual UCR Honoring Our Warriors Powwow UCR Sports Complex 1000 West Blain St Riverside, Ca
Info: Maria Lorenzo @ (951) 827-4143 PW_2012.pdf