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Meaningful

Meaningful

The jingle or prayer dress is based upon various legends involving a young girl and her grandfather.  One Ojibwa version tells of a granddaughter who feared her sick grandfather was dying. She sought aid from a medicine  man who instructed her to make a dress that contained tins that would  jingle when she danced so the grandfather would be calmed.  The dance had to be neither fast nor slow but graceful.  The grandfather saw her dance and was healed.

To ensure connection with Mother Earth,  one foot must always be in contact with the ground during the dance.

Read more: http://www.powwows.com/category/articles/powwow/dancing/#ixzz2bIKhbPGQ

6 responses

  1. Thank You!

    August 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  2. Interesting story and great capture.

    August 26, 2013 at 4:14 am

  3. Now, this is cool.

    August 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

  4. I like the way the two young women reflect each other.

    August 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  5. Great story bout the dance. The girls have numbers pinned on their dresses … is this a competition?

    August 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

    • Yes. The Pow Wow holds a dance competition

      August 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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