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BP: Celebrating the jingle dress tradition


Shawna Olson and her 19-month-old daughter Ariya of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation of Manitoba, Canada, stand in their jingle dresses at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Grand Celebration Powwow in Hinckley, Minn., on Friday. "Ever since I've been walking, that's how long I've been dancing," Olson said. Evan Frost / MPR News

HINCKLEY, Minn. - You can hear Mikah Whitecloud Hart coming from a long way away.

She's a jingle dress dancer, one of a group of women who parade in subtle rhythm at powwows, rattling rows and rows of small metal cones sewn like bells on their dresses, sometimes from their shoulders to their hemlines.


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