Articles of Interest

February Soaring Eagle Dance Workshop Thank you Roy for everything you did for the Native People. RIP

By Roy Cook

This pow wow workshop gathering was large and grand. It continues to demonstrate by attendance the surge of new families and children with the interest and commitment to attend the Soaring Eagle dance workshops.

John Hood offered the blessing for the health and those that had passed recently. He further spoke to the cultural opportunity this gathering offers to the San Diego Native American community and especially the children.



By example these pictures will demonstrate views of our instructor, elders, parents and new and young Soaring Eagle dancers from the 2/4/15 Soaring Eagle Dance workshop at the SDUSD Ballard center in Old Town San Diego. The Ballard Center location is in Old Town: San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD at Ballard Parent Center 2375 Congress St. San Diego, CA 92110.



We continue to appreciate and thank the drum for the songs and also all those who contributed to this healthy pot luck winter feast. The Soaring Eagles also will appreciate any voluntary donations that will benefit the community potluck feed.


The pot luck meal bar was raised up to a very delicious level. Outstanding Tostadas and avocado chicken ceviche were served to all the attendees. Additionally, there were two February birthday celebrants and the sugar and guilt-free special cake for all to enjoy. Here are views of some of our committee ‘special’ ladies and group views.


For more information regarding the SOARING EAGLES please contact:

Vickie Gambala 619-266-2887

Jennifer Garcia 619-540-4688

Carla Tourville 619-743-9847

Vickie Gambala announced the next Balboa Park May 9 & 10, 15 San Diego Centennial American Indian Pow wow and the current committee members: Paula Brim, Randy Edmonds, Vickie Gambala, Perse Hooper, David Gloria, Carla Tourville , Roy Cook, Jennifer Garcia, Ana Jacome and John York.




This Soaring Eagle dance workshop was filled with anticipation of this weekend pow wow. The workshop also continues to encourage the continuity of our tribal cultures and is bound up in the wisdom lessons of traditional life. This new month continues to be a good time to review dance regalia and adjust for growth or wear. However to avoid past disappointments, caution was expressed when ordering outfits that required a large up-front deposit and a murky delivery time.

In these times of health and winter trials it is our constant spiritual message to pray for all my relations. May the Creator bless you all and your family, Mehan, Aho.

Ancient Spirits Speak presents Net Making, Instructed by Willie Pink

When: Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:30am to 3:30pm

Where: Barona Community Center

One of the most essential survival skills is the ability to use plant fibers to produce cordage. Once you have cordage, you can use the rope in many applications to help feed, clothe, and provide shelter for yourself. Lifelong cultural arts enthusiast Willie Pink (Pala) joins our Ancient Spirits Speak series to teach the fundamentals of Net Making. Willie will discuss the various fiber resources used by most southern California Indians and will lead the class on how to produce cordage. Using pre-fabricated fiber twine, Willie will then teach the class how to form double-ended shuttles and make a working net.

RSVP by Friday, February 27th

Ages: 16 & up

Fee: $25.00 Public, Free to Barona Tribal Members

Lunch provided

Please call the Museum to register: 619-443-7003 ext. 219

Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Hot Springs: Environmental Issues in Indian Country

Barona Cultural Center & Museum presents

Keyiw, Keyip  Come, Listen! Lecture Series

Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Hot Springs: Environmental Issues in Indian Country

Lecturer: Dr. Eleanora (Norrie) Robbins


When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:00 to 8:00pm

Where: Barona Community Center

The presence of fault-related springs is probably the most important reason that people have been living in southern California deserts for at least 9,000 years. Living along the southern segments of the major transform faults, Kumeyaay/Diegueño, Luiseño, Cupeño, Cahuilla, Kamia, Quechan, Cocopah, and Pai Pai people have personal stories about the fault-related hot springs, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Cerro Prieto volcano along the Cerro Prieto fault was incorporated into Creation Stories and legends. Obsidian Butte was traded far from this important source on the San Andreas fault. Energy resources in the region that are alternatives to oil and gas include wind turbines, solar, and geothermal production; these resources have large footprints that impinge upon the sacred and cultural sites of the original people whose descendants are still present and are working diligently to protect their tectonically-active lands.

Dr. Eleanora (Norrie) Robbins is a geologist, retired from the U.S. Geological Survey in the Washington, D.C. area, and presently adjunct faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University. She teaches Science Explorers Club on reservations throughout the area, hoping to attract youngsters to study the sciences that benefit their people and their land.

Lecture is open to the public. For more information, contact Barona Museum at 619-443-7003 ext. 219



This year the Easter basket has something for everyone!  We have candy, games and stuffed animals for the kids and home decorations and a Nextbook Two-in-One Tablet for mom and dad.  Also included, a $50 Target Gift Card and a 7” digital photo frame.  This huge, beautiful basket and its contents are valued at over $400. 

Stop by the Tribal Member Services department or the Senior Center to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $1 each or 25 tickets for $20.  Proceeds will benefit charitable organizations and local families. 



Inside the basket

$50 Target Gift Card                                                                                                  Nextbook 10” Intel Quad Tablet

                                                                                                                                    with 2-1 Detachable Keyboard

Easter Candy                                                                                                              7” Digital Photo Frame

Tupperware Containers                                                                                             $50 Olive Garden Gift Card

Easter Table Runner                                                                                                 Spring Hand Towels

Sidewalk Chalk                                                                                                           Stuffed Easter Bunny

Easter Platter & Coffee Mug                                                                                      Embroidered Pillow

Easter Decorations                                                                                                     Cake Mix & Icing

Easter paper products                                                                                                Coloring Book, Bubbles

Cupcake decorations


Yuman Language Family Summit 2015

Barona Golf Events Center

1932 Wildcat Canyon Road

Lakeside, CA  92040

March 24, 25, & 26, 2015

For info call Pat Curo @ 619-840-7828

Or Bobby Wallace @ 619-318-2643

Vendors call LeLanie Thompson @ 619-654-3293

Class Presenters call Jacob Alvarado @ 760-330-3212

Or visit

for registration, raffle and donation forms