Women's Jingle Dress - 2014 Gathering of Nations PowWow Albuquerque, NM

Origin of the jingle dress is attributed to three different Ojibwa communities: the Mille Lacs, Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the Whitefish Bay Ojibwe.

In both the Mille Lacs and Whitefish Bay versions, the dress and the dance appeared in a recurring vivid dream that was realized about the year 1900. In both versions, the dream came to a Midewinini. In both dreams, there were four women, each wearing a jingle dress and dancing.

Each dream also gave instructions on how to make the dresses, what types of songs went with them and how the dance was to be performed. In the Mille Lacs' version, the Midewinini upon awakening, with his wife made four dresses.

He showed his wife how to dance in the dress, which he showed to the four women he had dreamed about, by calling the four women who in his dream wore them, dressed them in the dresses, brought them forth at a dance, told the people about the dream, and how the way the Midewikweg were to dress and dance.


Responses to "Women's Jingle Dress - 2014 Gathering of Nations PowWow (VIDEO)"

  1. Unknown says:

    The old style jingle dress dancer never carried a fan unless she was a medicine woman and they never danced like fancy shawl dancers. They also had their own songs too not like you see today.

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