Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Make Noise.

The Native American culture is a wealth of gorgeous clothing, costumes, and traditions. I aspire to know more and more about it and pass whatever I find on to you, dear readers. Your first taste is an introduction to the Jingle Dress.

Traditional Jingle Dresses were made of solid fabrics in "healthy colors" like red, green, yellow, black, and blue, and were adorned with jingles--metal cones fabricated of the tops of tin containers. According to legend the dresses were dreamed up by a medicine man who's granddaughter was ill. After a recurring dream in which he envisioned four women dancing in a snake like pattern in dresses that made noise, he instructed his wife to make four dresses and teach three other women to do the dance he had seen while asleep. Upon witnessing the jingle performance, the man's daughter regained her strength and soon began to dance as well. Thus the dresses are worn in dances of healing. The musicality of the dresses, and the stomping rhythms of the dances are soothing, energizing, and hypnotic.

Here, watch this and be healed:

The audio of the jingles is a bit better in this clip:

I don't know about you, but I feel better already.

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