Eagles in Balboa Park
By Roy Cook
The October 1, 2014,
in a late afternoon fall evening, the sun quickly dipped into the Pacific.
Never less there was a felt need in the community to gather in the traditional
Native American dance circle. The Soaring Eagle youth program is always
about the children. After a hot day and warm afternoon, the summer gathering
held in the Pepper Tree Grove of Balboa Park, waiting for the defining
clarification regarding the Ballard center meeting site, is most welcome.
See past history of Soaring Eagles dance workshop. http://www.soaringeagles.americanindiansource.com/
This short evening is unique because we can see new families participating
and the seeds of our Indian music, dance, respect and spirituality being
introduced to new sets of families and very young dancers. We are empowered
by the reception and pow wow trails traveled by past youth and parents
in the Soaring Eagle experience.
Intertribal songs added to the total participation of the workshop. A
final set of the popular round dance songs brought out most of the parents
and children into the dance circle to finish out the night. We hope to
resume meeting next in Old Town at the Ballard Center.
Honored elder Randy Edmonds provided announcements and prayers for all
our community. After tostadas and additional nutritious donuts were provided
by the American Indian parents and volunteers and were served by the Garcia
family. We continue to enjoy quality singing by our volunteer tribal singers.
Chuck Cadotte encouraged and instructed the dancers in the various popular
styles of pow wow dance.
Everyone is welcome
regardless of where we gather next, Mehan, thank you, aho.