Las Golondrinas

Always someone

By M. Reyna
Published on LatinoLA: March 23, 2007

Las Golondrinas

Why is it that there is always someone..
Where you work or live
That feels insecure..

Small minds talk about- people
Mediocre minds talk about- things
Great minds talk about -IDEAS!

Somebody told me this a long time ago and I never forgot it.
So when I hear Chisme! gossip, rumors. I remember this little saying.

What I really want to tell you is about the migration of the Swallows: The Juaneno band of Mission Indians have been celebrating the migration of the Golondrinas for centuries in what use to be Mexico-now San Juan Capristrano, CA.

There is a big Fiesta in San Juan every year to welcome the Golodrinas:

The Fiesta de Las Golodrinas began in the 1930's as a school carnival to celebrate the return of the swallows. Since then it has turned into a month long celebration with a parade and a day full of activities.

Fiesta de Las Golondrinas Celebrates the legend of the return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capritrano. Las Golondrinas traditionally arrive on Saint Joseph's Day March 19. They arrive in groups of varying sizes-they immediately begin repairing their old nest and build new ones out of mud mixed with saliva, which helps in hardening with out cracking. The nest are built in rocky cliffs, caves.

Each year on October 23, the Golodrinas leave San Juan towards their winter home in Goya, Argentina, 6,000 miles south.

These tiny birds navigate from continent to continent. One theory of the migration is that the birds detect the change in the length of daytime-Spring. Another theory is " solar compass theory" which is based on the birds acute vision and retentive memory.
I think hey are just doing what is natural, their instinct for survival.

Can You imagine if people could migrate without being harassed, just doing what needs to be done for survival-That's the way it's always been.

But there is always someone...
That has to feel insecure...

I go to San Juan every day-to take my four year old to school. What I like most about San Juan-is that the Indians are still there! They cut their trensas, changed their clothes, insist on English. But the Spirit, tradicione's, Sangre cannot be changed or taken away!

Siempre va ver Indios, Latinos en esta tierra.

M. Reyna

The 49th Annual "La Fiesta de Las Golondrinas"

March 24, 2007
11:00 a.m.rnSan Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association
949- 493-1976 www.swallowsparade.com e-mail: publicity@swallows parade.net

About M. Reyna:
M. Reyna: Varied Artist/Community Activist

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