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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 #7318:

The 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

 

 

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