The Jingle Dress
"The role of Native Americans and their culture is very important in understanding the history of America, since Native Americans and their culture has been a part of this land before it was called America. Many people only picture Native American dress as a large headdress with feathers, leather garments with beads, and moccasins, which is not the case. The Jingle Dress is historic Native American regalia that is not well-known outside the community. Worn only by women and young girls, the Jingle Dress comes in many styles and colors, but traditionally 365 metal cones adorn the dress and give it a distinctive look. The Jingle Dress played an important role as a healing dress during the early 1920’s and 1930’s, when Native American relatives were off at war and the community was plagued with illness. Today, the Jingle Dress dance is performed at many Powwows and is one of the most popular dances among Native American women.
A historical research paper was written about the Jingle Dress discussing the history, cultural significance, role at Powwows, and the importance of the Jingle Dress today. To accompany my research paper I designed, patterned, and sewn a Jingle Dress. "