Jingle Dancing

By Paul G on July 21, 2011
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Jingle Dress is also called a Prayer Dress. There are differences in the origins of the dress among the tribes. The dress was seen in a dream, as an object to bring healing to afflicted people. It comes from the Northern Tribe Ojibewea or Chippewa, along the Canadian border.

A Medicine Man’s Granddaughter became very ill one day. In a dream, his spirit guides told him to make a Jingle dress for her and have her dance in it. This, he was told would heal her. When the outfit was finished, the tribe assembled for a dance. On her first time around, the illness would not permit her to dance and she was carried. As time went on she was soon dancing in the circle.

Jingle Dresses are decorated with rolled up snuff can lids that are hung with ribbon. The ribbon is then sewed to the dress, The jingles are placed close enough so they can hit together, causing a beautiful sound. If one were to close their eyes as the Jingle dancer passes, it would sound as though it were raining!

Find out more in the jingle forum.

See more pictures of jingle dancers in the jingle dance gallery.

 

TOPICS: Pow Wow, Pow Wow Dancing

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6 Responses to “Jingle Dancing”

  1. Najat Mounir says:

    Thank you for the informnation on this website. It helps us non Native Americans get aquainted with the culture, traditions, and rituals of the native Americans. Knowledge is the key to understanding, and understanding leads to respect, appreciation, and ultimately, harmony.

    M. Najat.

  2. Lisa says:

    This was great for my research project

  3. Vera Martin. Makoos says:

    I really like this and great information. My granddaughter wants me to make her a Jingle Dress. Thanks for the information that I am looking for. Thank you Makoos

  4. Ivanoe Cubillos says:

    The more everybody knows about first nations the more we can defeat racism, descrimination and intolerance. I am not a native person. I am Latin American. My parents taught me tolerance, understanding and give us tools to learn about everything. My father loved to read and myself have never stop reading and curiosity push me toward.

  5. Crystal Green says:

    Also if a native American female chooses to become or is chosen to jingle dance, that is the only dance she is allowed to do when it comes to pow wows

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