The Jingle Dance and dress were created for the purpose of healing.
A young girl, Maggie White, from White Fish Bay First Nation in Ontario, was sick many years ago. Her father had a vision of the dress and dance one night. When he woke up, he made the dress.
The sick little girl danced in the dress and slowly became stronger and was relieved of her illness. The little girl went on to live a long life and shared the teachings of the dress.
About the dress!
The cones on the dress are made of metal. They were previously made of tobacco lids. The metal cones create a beautiful sound when the dancer is moving.
The spiritual power of the dress is said to originate as an energy which emanates from the sound of the metal cones or tobacco lids that sing out to the spirits as the dancer moves to the drum.
This is 9 year old Jaylynn Wolfe. She is an Ojibwe first Nation member of Kettle and Stony Point.
The metal jingles- The bears on her dress represent she is from the Bear Clan.
The woodland flowers represent she is an Ojibwe First Nation. She has a black leather belt with metal conchos.
Jaylynn wears moccasins, leggings, bear paw beaded hair ties with brown fur, minks and red and blue braided hair ribbons.
Jaylynn wears on her head, hawk feathers and a matching bear paw scarf around her neck.
Her earrings are made of porcupine quills.
The feather fan is beaded with a bear on it. The feather fan is raised during the honour beats of the song.