Jingle Dress Dreams

We were discussing the Origin of the Jingle Dress in class today, in the context of copyright. I looked it up on Wikipedia, and found the following:

 

“In both the Mille Lacs Indians and Whitefish Bay Ojibwe 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.”

 

I couldn’t believe that the origin of the dance was a dream! After I had had such a vivid dream about being a Jingle-dress dancer and concluded my entry on the Pow-wow of love by discussing it! It felt really wonderful to find a connection between myself and the dance.

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