February 9th, 2012

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Contact- 619-266-2887

Here’s the flyer for the SDSU Pow Wow. http://www.powwows.com//gathering/images/flyers/1328597438_2012SDSU_Final.pdf and here is the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/320011928040649/

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FEB 24 - 26
Annual Quechan Pow Wow

FEB 25
67th Anniversary Iwo Jima Flag Raising
Veterans Memorial Park
Sacaton, AZ
Click here for Flier

MAR 10&11
Cal State Long Beach Pow wow
Upper Campus Quad, CSU Long Beach
Long Beach, Calif.
Contact - Anna Nazarian-Peters (562) 985-8528

March 17

San Diego State Univ.

Annual Pow wow

Head staff: TBA

APRIL 14
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
Mariposa, Ca
Info: (209) 742-2244

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February 2nd, 2012

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January 16th, 2012

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

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Soaring Eagles at the MLK Jr. Parade
By Roy Cook

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Soaring Eagle 2012 dance workshop feels the chill of the winter season but we still supported our San Diego diversity and the greater audience. The Soaring Eagles were participants at the Martin Luther King Jr. 32nd annual parade this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

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John Echohawk said, “Inspired by Dr. King, who was advancing the civil rights agenda of equality under the laws of this country, we thought that we could also use the laws to advance our Indian-ship, to live as tribes in our territories governed by our own laws under the principles of tribal sovereignty that had been with us ever since 1831. We believed that we could fight for a policy of self-determination that was consistent with U.S. law and that we could govern our own affairs, define our own ways and continue to survive in this society.”
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Historically Tribal America has been a major influence in the political and ethical basis of this great country. We can document influential human values, cultural lifestyles and political ideas that have become ingrained in the national American spirit.

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. 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 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 the dance workshops.
For more information: Vickie Gambala: Soaring Eagles founder and organizer: vgambala@cox.net

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Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule: (as available to date)
January: note no class next week, 25th Wednesday
February 1, 8, 23, 30 all Wednesdays
March 7, 14, 28 all Wednesdays
April 11, 25 all Wednesdays
May 2, 9, 23 all Wednesdays
June 13, Wednesday.

January 12th, 2012

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

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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.

rabmoonI’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:

mlk-1_12Martin 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

FEB 25
67th Anniversary Iwo Jima Flag Raising
Veterans Memorial Park
Sacaton, AZ
Click here for Flier

MAR 10&11
Cal State Long Beach Pow wow
Upper Campus Quad, CSU Long Beach
Long Beach, Calif.
Contact - Anna Nazarian-Peters (562) 985-8528

March 17

San Diego State Univ.

Annual Pow wow

Head staff: TBA

APRIL 14
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
Mariposa, Ca
Info: (209) 742-2244

January 6th, 2012

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

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Soaring Eagles Sparkle Tonight

By Roy Cook

The Soaring Eagles were participants in the Harbor Balloon parade.

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Our positive Soaring Eagle dance workshop elements of support were there for the benefit of the children last Wednesday night: Elders. Singers, dance mentors along with community announcements, food and folks ready to have a good time doing this thing for the children. We have been active sharing our Native American heritage with the rest of the San Diego region.

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This evening we again had three groups utilize the same location and time frame: the SDSU Alumni group met at 5:30pm in room 3 and the American Indian Warriors also held their monthly meeting early in the evening in the large room. This is a wonderful setting and opportunity to meet with many members of the Native American Inter-tribal community.

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Richard Decrane organized and hefted much of the load setting up the room for the dance workshop tonight. SCAIR Senior Advisor Randy Edmonds delivered the blessing for the food and asked for prayers for those in need. The evening pot luck feast was supported with a good response. Our, Aho thanks to Debbie and her Father, Paul Razo. Parent and friends participation are very important to the social aspect of the program success because we are without outside organization support for the food and paper goods. Remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles dance workshop evening feast. It is our Indian way to demonstrate hospitality and generosity when we invite all to attend an Indian gathering and share the meal with the whole community.

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We enjoyed the songs of two drums tonight. SCAIR tutor Jeanne Alvarado had booklets for the younger children. One was on visiting a copper mine. I found it told about the Southern Arizona, Bisbee mine. It was nostalgic for me since I was born in Tucson, Arizona. 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 and the clear skies over San Diego inspire us to look to the stars and recall stories from our Tribal literature of twice told tales. I’ve been thinking about the Cheyenne story of Coyote and his dancing with the stars:

COYOTE DANCES WITH THE STARS

Because the Great Mystery Power had given Coyote much of his medicine,
Coyote himself grew very powerful and conceited.
There was nothing, he believed, that he couldn’t do.
He even thought he was more powerful than the Great Mystery,
for Coyote was sometimes wise but also a fool.
One day long ago, it came into his mind to dance with a star.
“I really feel like doing this,” he said.
He saw a bright star coming up from behind a mountain, and called out:
“Hoh, you star, wait and come down! I want to dance with you.”

The star descended until Coyote could get hold of him,
and then soared up into the sky, with Coyote hanging on for dear life.
Round and round the sky went the star.
Coyote became very tired, and the arm that was holding onto the star grew numb,
as if it were coming out of its socket!
“Star,” he said, “I believe I’ve done enough dancing for now. I’ll let go and be getting back home.”
“No, wait; we’re too high up,” said the star.
“Wait until I come lower over the mountain where I picked you up.”

Coyote looked down at the earth. He thought it seemed quite near.
“I’m tired, star; I think I’ll leave now; we’re low enough,” he said, and let go.

Coyote had made a bad mistake. He dropped down, down, down.
He fell for a full ten winters. He plopped through the earth clouds at last,
and when he finally hit ground, he was flattened out like a tanned, stretched deerskin.
So he died right there.

Now, the Great Mystery Power had amused himself by giving Coyote several lives.
It took Coyote quite a few winters, however, to puff himself up again into his old shape.
He had grown quite a bit older in all that time,
but he had not grown less foolish.
He boasted: “Who besides me could dance with stars, and fall out of the sky for ten long winters,
and be flattened out like a deer hide, and live to tell the tale?
I am Coyote. I am powerful. I can do anything!”

Coyote was sitting in front of his lodge one night, when from behind the mountain rose a strange kind of star,
a very fast one, trailing a long, shining tail.
Coyote said to himself: “Look at that fast star; what fun to dance with him!”
He called out: “Hoh, strange star with the long tail! Wait for me; come down; let’s dance!”

The strange, fast star shot down, and Coyote grabbed hold.
The star whirled off into the vastness of the universe. Again Coyote had made a bad mistake.
Looking up from his lodge into the sky, he had had no idea of that star’s real speed.
It was the fastest thing in the universe.


Bit by bit, small pieces of Coyote were torn off in this mad race through the skies,
until at last only Coyote’s right hand was holding onto that fast star.

Coyote fell back down to earth in little pieces, a bit here and a bit there.
But soon the pieces started looking for each other, slowly coming together, forming up into Coyote again.

It took a long time; several winters.
At last Coyote was whole again except for his right hand, which was still whirling around in space with the star.
Coyote called out: “Great Mystery! I was wrong! I’m not as powerful as you.
I’m not as powerful as I thought, Have pity on me!”

Then the Great Mystery Power spoke: “Friend Coyote. I have given you four lives.
Two you have already wasted foolishly. Better watch out!”
“Have pity on me,” wailed Coyote. “Give me back my right hand.”
“That’s up to the star with the long tail, my friend. You must have patience.
Wait until the star appears to you, rising from behind the mountain again.
Then maybe he will shake your hand off.”
“How often does this star come over the mountain?”
“Once in a hundred lifetimes,” said the Great Mystery.

Or you may wish to dance over to YouTube and see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dbBR1WZBw4&noredirect=1

The primary goal of the Soaring Eagle program is the children. This 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.

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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 2012 Soaring Eagle gatherings.

Finally, we feel very good that there is again with this New Year, a spirit of enthusiasm, harmony and balance. These are qualities that we will look and strive toward in the 2012 dance circle.

Soaring Eagle and American Indian Warrior Association, until further notice, will meet at the Ballard “Old Town” location, 2375 Congress St. San Diego, CA 92110, for the pot luck dance workshop dinner meeting.

Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule: (as available to date)

January 11, 25 all Wednesdays

February 1, 8, 23, 30 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 parade, Sunday, Jan 15, 12. Soaring Eagles park and assemble at County Health, end of Grape St. Just like the Balloon parade, the TV and judges will be in front of the SD County Administration building.

December 13th, 2011

San Diego Soaring Eagles stories are brought to you by Southern California American Indian Resource, SCAIR.
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Soaring Eagles Feast and Dance Out 2011

By Roy Cook

santasackOur positive Soaring Eagle dance workshop elements of support were there for the benefit of the children last Wednesday night: Elders. Singers, dance mentors along with community announcements, food and folks ready to have a good time doing this thing for the children. We have been active sharing our Native American heritage with the rest of the San Diego region.

The Soaring Eagles were winners at the Chula Vista parade.

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December 7, 2011 SCAIR Senior Advisor Randy Edmonds delivered the blessing for the food and asked for prayers for those in need. Holiday Xmas and Winter Seasons theme table cloths and a fine menu of hardy, comfort and exotic selections were available. The festive, pot luck feast was a grand response. Parent and others participation are very important to the social aspect of the programs success because without outside organization support for the food and paper goods we need to remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles evening feast.

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In particular: we thank Debbie Razo for the roast beef, Vicky Gambala for the turkey, Christopher Scott for the scrumptious deserts and Estelle Fisher for organizing the gift stockings for the girls and boys. There were the traditional items and special side dishes, homemade cookies, red menudo, stew and fried bread and corn muffins were all yummy. It is our Indian way to show hospitality and generosity when we invite all to attend an Indian gathering and share the meal with the whole community.

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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. We feel that many San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to this Old Town location and the Soaring Eagles.

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This evening we had three groups utilize the same location and time frame: the SDSU Alumni group met in room 3 and the American Indian Warriors also held their monthly meeting early in the evening in the large room. This is a wonderful setting and opportunity to meet with many members of the Native American Inter-tribal community.

The primary goal of the Soaring Eagle program is the children. This 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. Thank you all for being there this historic evening, Pearl Harbor Day, December 7.

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The Indian children are our Soaring Eagle workshop priority and our Indian culture future. Come on down for the pow wow dance, music and also enjoy the friendship of the 2012 Soaring Eagle gatherings.

Finally, we feel very good that there is again, at the end of the year, a spirit of harmony and balance. This is a quality that we look and strive toward in the 2012 dance circle.

Soaring Eagle 2012 Workshop schedule:

January 4, 11, 25 all Wednesdays

February 1, 8, 23, 30 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:

Holiday Bowl Balloon Parade Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011. Park and assemble at County Health, end of Grape St.: TV and judges in front of SD County Administration.

November 30th, 2011

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

Soaring Eagles Dance Out November

By Roy Cook

dancerThis is still Native American Heritage month and the Soaring Eagle dance workshop still continues. The Soaring Eagle program is all about the children. This workshops quality was evident in the initiative, joy, pride of tribal identity and participation from beginning to end of the parents and children of the Soaring Eagles workshop. Thank you all for being there.

Our positive elements of support were there for the benefit of the children Soaring Eagle dance workshop last Tuesday night: Elders. Singers, dance mentors, community announcements, food and folks ready to have a good time doing this thing for the children.

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SCAIR Senior Advisor Randy Edmonds delivered the blessing for the food and asked for prayers for those in need. He mentioned our supportive elder Manuel Flores who is recovering at the VA hospital from a coronary on Thanksgiving Day. Frank Gastelum announced details about the CV parade and Emceed the dance workshop since Chuck was in Riverside at the VA doing a presentation. It was good to see Paul Razo on the hoof again since his last knee operation.

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The pot luck meal response is very important because without outside organization support for the food and paper goods we need to remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles evening feast. It is our Indian way to invite all to attend an Indian gathering and share with the whole community.

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We invite you to bring your children and family to learn by observation and participation in a traditional way. We feel that many San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to the Old Town location and the Soaring Eagles.

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Finally, we feel very good that there is again a spirit of harmony and balance. This is a quality that we look and strive toward in the dance circle.

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Everyone is welcome to attend the Pearl Harbor Veterans day dance workshop. The Indian children are our Soaring Eagle workshop priority and our Indian culture future. Come on down for the pow wow dance, music and also enjoy the friendship of the gatherings.

San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD.

Harold J. Ballard Parent Center.

2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110


SOARING EAGLE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

Chula Vista Parade Saturday Dec. 3, 2011.

Frank sez: Hey everyone out there in fb land. We will be dancing in the 50th Christmas parade in Chula vista Dec 3rd from H st. to E st. 6 pm. And any NATIVE Dancers out there, in regalia, are welcome. Parents must wear a Santa Claus hat to follow with us in parade. and Native American, in uniform, vets welcome. See ya all there. Time to step it up. Christmas Indian Style

Dec. 7, 2011 Wednesday

We hope to see you and your family at the December 7 workshop and remember to think about our Pearl Harbor veterans and bring the pot luck dishes too.

Soaring Eagle Youth Share Culture

November 18th, 2011

By Roy Cook

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This Native American Month offers many opportunities to bring the richness and beauty of American Indian dance and regalia to the greater San Diego community. Our Soaring Eagle children participated at the, 11/13/11, Flute society concert at Mission Trails City Park. American Indian Warriors Association President William Bucannan also was present at both events.

Our Soaring Eagle children participated at the, 11/17/11, Veterans Day presentation at the La Jolla Veterans hospital multi-purpose room. SE mentor Chuck Cadotte coordinated both presentations. The Soaring Eagle program provides Native American/Alaskan Native K-12 students with an opportunity to learn traditional dance, regalia and respectful tribal customs.

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There are many entertaining and healthy activities for all ages and interests to enjoy.

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The Soaring Eagle American Indian Children dance program is located in Old Town. The Ballard Parent Center serves as the home of San Diego Parent advisory committee. This is where parents learn how to strengthen their parenting skills, become more involved in their children’s education and improve their ability to communicate with their children.

Finally, we all hope to see you and your family at the next American Indian community event.

Soaring Eagle: SDSU Tribute

November 4th, 2011

By Roy Cook

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The Soaring Eagles ensemble was the featured cultural entertainment at the San Diego State University American Indian Studies Department thirty fifth year tributes: Looking backward-Looking forward. Additionally Honored is the first Chairman of the American Indian Studies Department, John C. Rouillard and the Rouillard family this past Thursday, 11/3/11 evening. All around the room familiar faces from memories treasures were smiling with the joy of seeing each other again after so many years and changes in the American Indian studies challenges and achievements. It has truly been 35 years of making a difference.

Our good friend, SCAIR Senior Advisor, Randy Edmonds was the opening Emcee for the evening festivities. He called upon Sam ‘Qui Qui’ Brown IV from the Los Conejos Band of the Kumeyaay to provide a blessing from the Creator. Randy spoke to the traditional spiritually of Tribal gatherings when the people assemble for social events. He also spoke of his association with the late John Rouillard in the San Diego urban American Indian community. Next the SDSU ROTC brought in the Colors for the combined purpose of Native American Month and Veterans Day week in San Diego. The San Diego Inter-tribal Singers sang an appropriate flag song and Veterans Honor song. They were pleased to have Henry Mendibles and Ral Christman join in at the drum with the singing for the Soaring Eagles.

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Soaring Eagle youth and adults danced various pow wow dance categories and in unison demonstrated the skill and beauty of the regalia assembled in the past three years. The Soaring Eagle dance workshop continues to be under the wing of Ms Vickie Gambala since her change of status with the SDUSD this past June.

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The Soaring Eagle dance troupe demonstrated: Northern Mans Traditional dance, Woman Jingle dance, Mans Grass dance, Ladies Shawl dance, Southern Women’s cloth and combined Inter-tribal songs for all to fill the arena and display the movement and beauty of the presences of the splendid regalia. As the final veterans and memorial songs were called for Ms Shirley Murphy came forth and sang an honoring song, in her Lakota language, for John Rouillard.

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As many were enjoying the catered reception appetizers and beverages there were many heartfelt tributes of highpoints and challenges of working with John Rouillard. This is a memorial segment satisfying on many levels and lingering like a spoon of tasty stew lasting on the senses and warm to the humanity of the experience.

Keynote speaker, Kevin Gover Director of the American Indian museum-Smithsonian, reviewed the challenges of the Washington DC mall. He acknowledged the Kumeyaay exhibit and the plans for the realignment of the themes at the museum. He recalled the romantic focus of the past Smithsonian leadership while at the same time noting the work of early ‘Shadow Catcher’ Edward Curtis and many others that have shaped the images of the American national consciousness and knowledge of the American Indian people.

With many final hugs and exchanges of contact numbers the first day of this SDSU tribute came to an end with bright anticipation of the next day’s panels of scholars and community people: Health, Economic Development, Ancestral Languages, Sovereignty and Law and Education.

November 3rd, 2011

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

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Soaring Eagles: Live Native American Heritage

By Roy Cook

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sendrum11211This is Native American Heritage month and the Soaring Eagle dance workshop, Wednesday November 2, 2011 enjoy a welcome gathering at Ballard Parent Center in Old Town. This evening we had two drums to sing traditional Indian songs and Chuck Cadotte mentored the children as they danced traditional dance categories. This too, was a good night with good food and good songs.

SCAIR Senior Advisor, Randy Edmonds provided the blessing for the meal and announced the passing of Los Coneyos Tribal Elder, Katherine Saubel. He asked for all the Soaring Eagles to include her, her family and all those in need of prayer.

The pot luck meal response is community empowerment in action. It is very important, without outside organization support for the food, to remember to bring a potluck item or side dish for the Soaring Eagles evening feast. It is our Indian way to share with the whole community.

SOARING EAGLE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE, 6:30-8:30pm: Nov. and Dec., 2011 (Note: not all are on Wednesday! See you and your family at the workshop and remember to bring the pot luck dishes too.)

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November 29, Tuesday, 2011

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We invite you to bring your children and family to learn by observation and participation in a traditional way. There were familiar faces missing and new faces this evening but a fine time and a great birthday cake was enjoyed by all!

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We feel that many San Diego American Indian pow wow trails lead to the Old Town location and the Soaring Eagles.

Finally, we felt very good that this evening there is again a spirit of harmony and balance. This is a quality that we look and strive toward in the dance circle.

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Everyone is welcome to attend the dance workshop. The Indian children are our priority and our Indian culture future. Come on down for the pow wow dance, music and also enjoy the friendship of the gatherings.

San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD.

Harold J. Ballard Parent Center.

2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110

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San Diego Pow wow Events:

Nov 3&4
Indian Studies 35th Anniversary

http://americanindiansource.com/jrouillard.html

John Rouillard Tribute at SDSU
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Nov 11- VETERANS DAY

http://americanindiansource.com/VeteransDay2011/vetday11_11.html

Also:
11-11-11 Matayum in Old Town
A Gathering of the First People
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Nov 12
5th Annual NA Heritage Month Community Powwow
Rosemead High School
9063 E Mission Dr
Rosemead, Ca

Nov 13

This Native American Flute (NAF) Mission Trails event: 1-4pm is a NAF and Soaring Eagle benefit performance because we do not charge the public to come to these events. We do these events to promote the beauty and healing/spiritual effects of this wonderful instrument.

Nov 12 & 13
10th Annual UCI Powwow
UC Irvine Campus, Mesa Court Field
Irvine, Ca
Info: Cheyenne Reynoso (714) 588-1912
More Info Click Here