17-year-old jingle dancer used her role as head young lady dancer to bring attention to the over 1,000 missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States and Canada.

 Three years before Tia’s 2017 tribute at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuqueque, MΓ©tis artist Jaime Black created the installation piece “The REDress Project”.

She collected over 600 red dresses, which were installed in public spaces across Canada to draw attention to the high number of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Inspired by that project, Tia called for dancers to wear red dresses to participate in a special old-style jingle dance at the 2017 Gathering of Nations.

To start off her special, Tia Wood sang to the crowd from the center of the arena as jingle dancers dressed in red ringed the stadium floor shoulder-to-shoulder. Her voice is as beautiful as her championship jingle dance style!

After the singing performance, Tia danced solo to the first song, making her way to the middle of the ring of dancers. Many of the dancers put together their red dresses overnight so that they could take part in the special.

Immediately after the dance, Wood, who comes from a family of singers and dancers, wrote on her Facebook page, “this was such a dream come true to witness all these red dresses and energy? I’ve always dreamt of putting this special on and I did. I’m so grateful I got this opportunity. Aiyhiy. In honour of the missing and murdered indigenous women.”

As lawyers, tribal members, and families continue to advocate and work for justice, Tia hopes the Gathering of Nations special will help heal those devastated by violence against indigenous women, as it has healed indigenous people for generations.

Responses to "Women in red: A stunning performance of the red dress jingle dancers honors missing women"

  1. Lady says:

    Wow. Words can't describe what emotions washed over Me just be reading this! I used to Jingle Dress dance as well. Ah Ho!

  2. Unknown says:

    What an incredible & beautiful tribute to those who will never get to go home again. Tia at 17 years old you are obviously an old soul who cares deeply about others.

  3. Karen says:

    I am so moved, trying to tell someone else I could hardly speak. Tears are coming as I write. This is so special. Peace to our women.

  4. Unknown says:

    May our women young & old and ALL in between find peace & safety in the future!! Just watching this brought tears to my eyes!!! Thank you for caring SO much!! Such a BEAUTIFUL tribute!!!! Ay-hay!!!!πŸ˜’πŸ’œπŸ˜’πŸ’™πŸ˜’πŸ’šπŸ˜’πŸ’›πŸ˜’

  5. Awe so beautiful a tribute . . . may the women be safe and protected from harm. May the sacred feminine arise.

  6. What a Powerful Tribute, i am moved to tears & know that The Women Of The World, grieve with you. Violence, Rape & Murder, will not be tolerated. Words that mean Respect amongst many Nations are being sent up. Much Love SiStars xoxo

  7. Mary says:

    So beautiful. Thank you.

  8. Linda says:

    This is so touching. A great example of what happens when one person takes the first step and others follow. My prayers go out on behalf of the families of the missing and for protection of those still with us.

  9. Unknown says:

    This is very powerful Wish healing for all family's of missing womens

  10. Unknown says:

    I wish the violence would end and answers would be found,,, peace to all peoples.

  11. Unknown says:

    Had a bit of a cry watching this beautiful dance ofstrong women!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I am Patty Flowers Worden. I am an
    M desperately seeking almost soul. She's not lost, but I have been! Need to find Jacqueline McCovey(mc gee) Tonis' Daughter!!! Nikkis' Niece. Please God help me... I love her!!!!!!! And always will. She is my best friends girl!'

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