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Jingle Dress – NEA Big Read

April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Pandemic-Inspired healing tradition with Dr. Brenda Child

Presented by Marine Community Library and ArtReach St. Croix at Marine Village Hall

Dr. Brenda Child will discuss the contemporary Jingle Dress tradition, which is rooted in a healing tradition. (Note – there will be no dancers.)

“Sometime during the pandemic (of 1918-20) and its aftermath, women created a medicine dress, a new tradition of healing…the Jingle Dress Dance.” Child explained in a Star Tribune essay, “The tradition spread among many tribal nations on pow-wow circuits across North America. Today, the 200,000 Ojibwe people of the U.S. and Canada remember the pandemic in stories, song and dance, a healing tradition now more than a century old.”

Dr. Brenda Child is Professor of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and the author of My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation.

This program is part of NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley

Date and Time: Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Marine Village Hall, 121 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix
Free. Registration is recommended – click here

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners including Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library and other library branches located between St. Croix Falls, WI, and Hastings, MN.

For more information: ArtReachStCroix.org/BigRead or 651-439-1465


April 21, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm