Native American Jingle Dress Dolls; Indian Dolls; Dresses by Chippewa Cree Artist

$85.00

We Come in Many Shades Native dolls - Authentic Native Made Jingle Dancer dolls. Dresses are made by Fawn Oats-Brown, Chippewa Cree from the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana.

The Jingle Dress dance is commonly seen in competitive pow wows today, performed by women and girls in First Nations and Native American communities. The Jingle Dress, also known as a Prayer Dress, is considered to bring healing to those who are sick.

The dance gets its name from the rows of metal cones attached to their dresses, which make a distinctive sound as they dance. The Jingle Dress dance has a rich history, and there are few sights as mesmerizing as watching and hearing the women dance in their Jingle Dresses.

History (from Powwows.com): The Jingle Dress Dance began with the northern tribe Ojibewea in the early 1900s and became prevalent in the 1920s in Wisconsin and Minnesota in the US, and in Ontario in Canada. The story is that the dress was first seen in a dream. A medicine man’s granddaughter grew sick, and as he slept his spirit guides came to him and told him to make a Jingle dress for her. They said if she danced in it the dress would heal her. The Jingle dress was made, and the tribe came together to watch her dance. At first, she was too sick to dance alone and so her tribe carried her, but after a little time she was able to dance alone, cured of her sickness. It’s likely that the sickness she was experiencing was a part of the 1918 flue pandemic, which hit the Native American communities hard close to the Great Lakes. This was closely followed by a federal ban on ritual dancing in the 1920s on reservations. The dance has since been not only a dance of healing but also one of pride.

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Doll sizes vary in height from 11.5 inches to 12 inches. Doll stands not included.