Jingle Dress Dance

The story is that the dress was first seen in a dream.


The dance gets its name from the rows of metal cones

called “ziibaaska’iganan”—attached to their dresses, which make a distinctive sound as they dance.


Began with the Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe Tribe in the early 1900s and became prevalent in the 1920s in Wisconsin and Minnesota (Great Lakes region) in the US and in Ontario, Canada.

Jingle Dress Dance


What are the steps for the Jingle Dance?

Typically, this dance is done in a zigzag pattern, said to represent one’s journey through life—or so the story goes.Often, they keep their hands on their hips, and if they are dancing with a feathered fan