~ Jingle Dress Dancer 2012 --NYC~

Sassafras

BROOKLYN, NY, United States

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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who
could not hear the music.”— Friedrich Nietzsche

To choose to dance the Jingle Dress Dance is to declare, “I have the stamina. I have the will.”
This dress, so slender from collar to hem, is traditionally hand- seamed with sinew and has many, many metal horn shaped ‘jingles’ hand sewn all over but most importantly at the hem area. The sound was once thought by some to ward off evil
spirits, or evil thoughts. By others, the sound is thought to echo the sound of falling water, which is thought to ward off evil. Thus she who wears this dress/ dances this dance is a highly anticipated participant of a powwow.
This dance is performed usually by a young woman though any woman can
dance it who knows the steps and is properly garbed.

From the Gateway to Nations Powwow, Brooklyn , NY 2012

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