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Shiibaashka’igan – the jingle dress, the healing dress, is sacred in the Anishinaabe culture. 

Because of its beauty, colour, and originality, the jingle dress might be seen solely through a lens of aesthetic splendour. But its sacredness rests, not in its appearance, but in its meaning.

Because one of the origin stories of the jingle dress centres around Maggie White of Whitefish Bay, the jingle dress story is very much a local one. This exhibit will present Maggie’s story as well as many others. In doing so, family histories, dreams, and teachings will be shared, as will the stories of the jingle dress dancers who uphold the sacred traditions of the dress. 

The exhibit will feature 50 jingle dresses – in person and through photographs. It will include the Grandmother Earth Dress which honours missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, on loan from the Ontario Native Women’s Association; the dresses of jingle dress dancers in the area and from the Museum collection. Each dress is accompanied by its story. 

We are honoured by the involvement of Anishinaabe artists Nadya Kwandibens of Red Works Photography, Michelle Derosier of Thunderstone Pictures, Leanna Marshall of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwig and Rhonda White of Atikemegwanning First Nation.  

This exhibit is presented by the Lake of the Woods Museum and its community partners – Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig, the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre, the Women’s Council of Grand Council Treaty 3 and Ahze-mino-gahbewewin/Reconciliation Kenora.

Closing Ceremonies
Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm at the Lake of the Woods Museum
The Whitefish Bay Singers will lead the ceremony. 
Light refreshments will be served.
All are welcome. 

Did you know?

The Lake of the Woods gold rush in the 1890s brought miners and investors from across North America.  By 1893 there were 20 working gold mines on the Lake of the Woods.