Jingle Dress Origin
According to a legend a
man's daughter was very ill. He had a dream about making a jingle dress
for her to cure her. Then he had the dress made and she wore it and
danced and got cured.
Qoted From the Miinawaaa
Laguage Group Message
word for warrior is Ogichidaa and it is someone who stands as a barrier
between bad things and his people. For example poverty is a bad thing so
providing for the family is being a barrier between the family and the
bad effects of poverty. The word warrior in English means a person who
wages wars regardless of bringing unjustified pain and suffering to
their own families and other people's families which is quite a
different meaning from the word Ogichidaa. People who start of as
defenders of their folks and then out of envy or any other reason bring
harm to their folks don't fit in as Ogichidaag, but they can easily fit
in with the English term warrior
Eya and ogichidaa ikwe also has a few differnet
meanings. In Whitefish Bay, Hogitch Chi Tah Qwa (a variant of Ogichidaa
ikwe) means "spirit women" and is associated with jingle dress dancers
from the Whitefish Bay/Treaty Three area. Whitefish Bay is where the
jingle dress originated.
More specifically, Ogichidaa ikwe, in Big Drum country (Minnesota and
Wisconsin) refers to the women who sing in chorus with the Women's Drum.
Please note that women did not sit at the drum and sing; rather, there
were male singers at the drum. Ogichidaa ikwe sang behind the men. These
women were chosen by the community by the community to be Ogichidaa ikwe.
Red Lake Ogichidaa