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Jingle dress origin

An Ojibwa Legend

This story was passed on from generation in the Ojibway Nation and it came as a vision.

An elderly man had a daughter who was very sick. He prayed and offered tobacco to his creator for his daughter to get well. A vision came to him to make his daughter a dress (a jingle dress) made of jingles.She was to wear this dress to make her well.

In the Ojibway Tribe from the Lake of the Woods area this is called "Odiizeoon". That means it is something given through a vision for a particular person from the spirit world. They were instructed to prepare a feast for the dress to give thanks to the creator.

This jingle dress is held very highly in the Ojibway Nation. It is very sacred because of its origin and the purpose it was given. Because it was given in this manner it is to be treated with respect.

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