San Diego Inter-Trial singers respect and enjoy singing all
forms of traditional tribal songs. Our major focus is individual
performances in a small group setting. We have been invited
to be the Head Drum for many events and pow wows in the past.
From time to time, we still enjoy sitting in with other groups
and singing gourd dance or round dance songs.
Our current public performance focus is to continue to accept
invitations for smaller group, single morning or afternoon
or specific singing role presentations: Flag or Veterans,
memorial, spiritual, gourd dance or round dance songs. We
attend many of the same Tribal activities as before but on
an individual basis and often join in with other groups for
pow wow singing.
Historically American Indian dance and music has always played
an important role in Plains Indian cultures. Among these Tribal
traditions were summer gatherings of ceremonial and social
dances. Also, in many Tribes warrior society dances were hosted
and held to honor and insure the safety of their members.
At the end of World War II with the return of Indian soldiers
from abroad, the warrior society dances of the past century
began to acquire new meaning. Additionally, returning Korea
and Cold War warriors were honored at powwows or "Homecoming
Dances," as they were sometimes called on the Southern
Plains, which included the songs, dances and regalia of earlier
traditional warrior societies.
powwows have continued to grow over the last sixty years;
whereas 70 years ago most powwows took place on reservations,
some of the biggest are now held in casino complexes, convention
centers and gyms in large cities around the country. Today,
the powwow is both a community gathering and cultural celebration.
It is not a commercial event, nor is it purely "entertainment."
It is an important spiritual and social gathering of people
to celebrate American Indian traditions, dance and social
singing Traditional songs!
for current Indian events / POW WOW information 7/24 see the
home page calendar
California Tribal Song Presentations
we have had the special opportunity to receive instruction
in the Southern California Traditional Tipai Wildcat song
style. We are honored to sing
with Jon Meza Cuero, Tipai. The timeless quality of the songs
and stories carry the Tribal culture from the timeless past
into the yet unknown future. As such the chronological dates
in many of the traditional Native American stories are fluid.
Fluid almost as much as the inspiration that sparks the humanity
and glow in our heart to share: thoughts, emotion, joy, sadness
and historical events.
Meza Cuero has accepted invitations to sing at these future
This dance and these songs originated with
the Kiowa tribe in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the
1700s. For a period of time, they were not presented in public
but in the early 1950s there was a revival of this popular
Members of Tia Piah Society
(Kiowa warrior society) were still alive who remembered the
old days and the old songs. They passed those on and re-established
the society as a veterans organization. As time has