Make it Real - Make it Good
By Roy Cook
Well, let me tell you how great the Wednesday October 15, 2008 evening is. There is a great turnout of children and community members, volunteers and observers. We have many community members Indian and non-Indian that brings their heart and skill for the benefit of our Indian children. Juan Castellanos, IHRC Executive Director, set up the sound system with Dwight Lomayesvas help. Dwight, Executive Director of the American Indian Recruitment, AIR program, came in to announce that the services are in place and the program is started at SDSU and USD.
There is a great response to the excellent description of the pow wow protocol and tradition by our Master of Ceremony, Randy Edmonds, SCAIR Senior Advisor. Richard Parker volunteered to be the Arena Director for the mock pow wow. Chuck Caddote and Tina Morales encouraged the dancers and showed them by example. Eileen George and Vera Tucker stepped in to guide the dancers in the grand entry. It was the real deal for the first time for many of our young dancers.
Real good eats too! Debbie Razo prepared and set out the pot luck offerings: Spaghetti, tossed salad, macaroni salad, fresh green beans in a yummy sauce, chilaquilas, punch and hot coffee mmm, Later there is a birthday cake for Melissa Aleman and another cake brought in by El Bisarra, from the AI Health clinic, in appreciation of the Soaring Eagles participation at the Student Wellness Conference a while back.
We sang a bunch of good songs and the dancers, most of
them, gave it their all and danced to the best of their abilities. We
ended the evening with the very popular snake and buffalo dances, Again,
thanks to all the great volunteers that make the big difference for the,
SCAIR sponsored, Soaring Eagles Dance night.