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Old 05-27-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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All about Traditional Jingle Dress Dancing..

Hi everyone. I am in need of some serious education.

First off, let me start off by saying that ....
-I am Half Ojibwe (fathers side)
-a quarter Cayuga (Moms side)
-and a quarter Irish (Mom)

We aren't traditional. My mom was raised in the longhouse and had a racist experience and never returned and she didn't fully carry out the teachings to my brother and I. My father wasn't in the picture so I do not know a thing about my Ojiwe side, which I am now on a journey to learning the traditional ways (long story) and living them.

I had a dream that I was dancing Old Style Jingle... I wasn't wearing a dress, but I was dancing at my grandpas house on the rez and my aunt said, "Nice dancing, Jess... Make sure that when you get your dress, it's calf length." then my dream ended... Then last night, I had another dream that I was dancing Old Style Jingle again.. But similarly, I wasn't wearing my dress... From what I know about Jingle Dress dancing is that it is a very sacred dance and you have to have a dream of it before you dance it? I don't know... that's what my friend (Mowhak nation) said to me. But now I am learning that you have to have a ceremony for it? And there is sacrifices that you have to make aswell? Like being Sober? ( I am 17 and have absolutely no interest in using drugs and drinking alcohol)

I am so confused. Well, not confused. I am uneducated. I have no knowledge of the traditional way to dance the Jingle Dress Dance.

So my questions are.....

-What is the true History of the Jingle Dress Dance? (There are a lot of stories, but I am curious which one is.. the real one)
-What are the requirements of Jingle Dress Dancing?
-What traditional, ceremonial things do you have to do before you dance?
-What are the rules of Jingle Dress Dancing?
-What does the ceremony consist of? Like how do I do this ceremony?
-Is Jingle Dress Dancing a way of life?
-And also, in traditional, old style Jingle Dress Dancing, what are the requirements of the dress and what else has to be included in the outfit? Like is jewelry required? Is a purse required? etc.

****** Please tell me everything that you know about Old Style Traditional Jingle Dress Dancing?******
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