Education Title VII and IHRC host 2005 Culture Days in San Diego
By Roy Cook
It is quite fitting that the first event of the Saturday Culture Day celebration represent the local Tipai tribal people. Jon Meza Cuero is a singer, native speaker, and culture bearer with lifetime of traditional experience in Southern California and Baja tribal communities. He sings Nyemie, Wildcat or Gato songs.
storytellers gathered the early Saturday morning visitors to the presentation
arena. Delightful and traditional tribal stories were enacted with very
effective sound effects. Brandon Wallace was also a part of the group
and he would return to present tunes on the Indian flute later in the
morning. Abel Sivas presented Running Grunion in mime and dialogue.
The Tolecas de Aztlan are always colorful, loud and a favorite crowd pleaser.
Rosehill, led by 'Junior' Whitecloud, is the Southern drum for the two day weekend. When they started the Gourd Dance songs Don Vigneault - Head Gourd dancer led out the American Indian Warriors Association (AIWA) members and visitors from the Golden State Gourd Society into the arena.
AIWA is composed of Military service veterans with Honorable discharge. Most are Tribal members and combat veterans of many conflicts. San Diego County is home to over 280,000 of America's most distinguished military veterans. We were honored to have Golden State Gourd Society member, Saginaw Grant, Sac-Fox, screen and television celebrity join in the Gourd Dance.
Indian Warriors Association, AIWA, regular meeting is on the first Wednesday
of the month at 6:30 pm. Located at 3628 Illinois St. San Diego in the
Chet Hunt Community Center of the Many Nations in Recovery facility. (North-park:
one half block N of University Ave. two blocks East of 30th St.)