Jingle Cone Necklace
In 1918-1919 when the global influenza pandemic killed millions, a new tradition of healing emerged in Ojibwe communities in North America: the jingle dress dance.
There was a little girl who was sick, near death. Her father had a vision of a dance that would heal his daughter. During a drum ceremony, the little girl wore a dress lined in rows of silver cones made out of the lids of snuff cans. The father encouraged her to dance, and as the night wore on, her health improved.
The dance coincided with the suppression of Native American religion in the United States in 1921, with the outlawing of religious dancing. Yet Ojibwe women disregarded the new ruling, as historic photographs show them in their jingle dresses around 1920, and every decade thereafter.
Today, the jingle cone is an Urban Indigenous style icon that speaks to the resiliency of Native traditions. These traditions have been passed down to become modern symbols that were preserved to heal the community.