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Journey to Wellness // Monday 8:00amA 10-minute bi-weekly program on Native American Community Health in MN and around the country in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School- Duluth Campus, Center of American Indian and Minority Health. The program will feature interviews with medical and health researchers, professors and doctors plus native people active in Native American health today. Journey to Wellness on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: healing the world through a gift from northern Minnesota

©Lisa Johnson

Looking around, it's hard to know where to start.

Worries and fears about physical safety, economic safety - your kids, your parents, your job ...
Perhaps the internet came along just in time.

Not only is it letting us take care of *some* of our business "as usual,* you can spend some time online with jingle dress dancers.

Dr. Brenda J. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota. She's a Northrop  Professor of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and former chair of the Department.

It turns out that the jingle dress dance originated right here in northern Minnesota about a hundred years ago - right around the *last* time people were worried and afraid and looking for hope and healing.

Credit MN Historical Society and ©Lisa Johnson
(left) jingle dresses circa 1920s (right) jingle dress, 2017

Dr Brenda Child is a professor, author and a member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian.  And thanks to Northern Cree for the jingle dress song.

Credit ©Lisa Johnson
Jingle dress dancer, 2017 United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck, ND

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