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

May 18, 2020

Jingle dress dancer, 2017 United Tribes Powwow, Bismarck, ND
Credit ©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.

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

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.

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