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March 19, 2013

Ojibwe jingle dress

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

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Sleeveless velvet jingle dress made by Mary Bigwind of the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota for her granddaughter, Madeline Boswell. Boswell wore the dress while dancing at pow-wows when she was a teenager in the mid-1930s. The dress is decorated at the neckline, waistline, and double hem with jingle cones made from tin snuff cans; beads; and satin ribbons trimmed with sequins.

For details, view the dress in our online collections database.

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