Diego Native American stories are brought to you by Southern California
American Indian Resource, SCAIR.
By Roy Cook
Thursday evening, April 26, 2012, SDAIHC Youth center, Soaring Eagle and
Council of Native Americans organized event is filled with Native American
community members, parents, TONKAWA Elders and SDUSD students and staff.
Christopher Scott, Youth Center coordinator introduces himself and asks
for all of his staff and
invited support people to say who they are and what is on the program
this evening. SCAIR senor advisor for Soaring Eagles Randy Edmonds introduced
himself to this audience and provided the blessing for the feast and community
this evening. He then gave the first call for Tonkawa Elders to be served
first. And so it went across a generous and varied table of selections
of grilled burgers and franks along with other adventurous pot luck selections
were on hand. Thanks to Abel Jacome for providing the grill and Richard
Orvedal for cooking. All the food prepared by the Razos was very
tasty and the serving staff was most helpful. Intermittent raffles of
donated items were very successful in focusing the audiences attentions.
There were over 125 folks at the beginning of the evening and over 75
stayed till 9pm clean up time and the grand prizes were awarded to the
lucky ticket owners.
A bright colorful
rainbow of talent took the stage to: sing, share poetry, dance,
demonstrate martial art, blowing Indian flute to a reggae beat by
AIWA President William Buchanan was a wild success, hip hop free
form, a traditional California Ipai Bird song by Soaring Eagle and
Mesa Grande Band members Jake and Dakota Jacome.
songs shared by a recent SDSU graduate, storytelling and Indian
jokes. The major achievement is the confidence of the performers
to stand up and bring their talent to the community.
Late in the evening,
sweet and nice dessert selections redlined the diabetes sugar gauges.
This was truly guilt-less pleasure to enjoy. With another cup of coffee
or punch to wash it all down and soon many made motions toward the door
with a happy heart from the entertainment or raffle and full bellies this
evening. Mehan, Aho!