Jingle Dress Dancers Bring Their Healing Dance to Standing Rock

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 31st, 2016 Last Updated on: December 28th, 2016

After a rough week on the frontlines in North Dakota, some much needed healing was desperately needed. Jingle dress dancers from all over came to Standing Rock on Saturday October 29th for a special dance.

Here's a little bit more info on the event from Jingle Dress Dancers United:

Recently we were contacted by a respected Elder and Jingle Dress dancer who asked us call out to you, our Sacred Jingle Dress dancers, to once again bring our healing dance to the people. The people this time though are not in Ottawa, but holding down the frontline of indigenous pipeline resistance in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

Our brothers and sisters have been standing up against the state, the DAPL proponents, pipeline enthusiasts, corporate America, militarized police and militarized private security firms for months. The have held down against dog attacks, air/land surveillance, court injunctions, arrest after arrest after arrest, and are now digging to prepare for a long cold winter as our ancestors did many years before them.

We invite you to join us on Saturday October 29th beside Cannonball River, as we bring this Anishinaabe Healing dance to our brothers and sisters holding down the front line of Indigenous pipeline resistance.

Lots of people filmed the event and shared on social media. Here are a few great videos I saw online.

Simon Moya-Smith

Angel Young

Labor for Standing Rock

Erin Tapahe

Gina Mae

And one of our favorites, Tonia Jo Hall, took to her Facebook page to talk about her experience there.

It's still so overwhelming and moving to see everyone joining together on this. So proud of everyone out there that's standing with Standing Rock!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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