Jingle Power Necklace (Black and Silver)
This necklace is inspired by an old jingle dress, made by Mary Bigwind from White Earth over 80 years ago.
It features black fire polished faceted beads alongside seven tin cones.
The jingle dress was borne out of sickness as regalia to accompany a healing dance learned through a vision. The older dresses featured engraved snuff can lids that were recycled and wrapped into cones: the sound they made, as well as the light they reflected, was reminiscent of water lapping on the surface of lakes. For Ojibwe people, and the originators of the dance, bodies of water were places of importance - journeymen offered tobacco to the water beings for a safe travel, fishermen did the same for a prosperous hunt. These lakes housed sacred spirits, who would offer us powerful gifts of copper and other items in return. The worlds of the Human beings and the Other-than-human beings intertwined.
Designed by Beyond Buckskin owner Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and made in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota, this necklace pays homage to these stories kept alive by our story keepers, our dancers, our artists, and our singers. Wear with love in your heart, and confidence in your stance. The ancestors of these lands continue to bless us.
Finished with deerskin lace straps, the necklace is adjustable, and looks great as a shorter décolletage necklace as well as for a longer layered look. Whether this necklace is a gift for yourself or for someone special, it comes packaged in a BBB jewelry box. This item ships from the US.