Madeline Island Giant Jingle Dress set for Treaty Day

The Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer will debut on September 30th on Madeline Island with other activities planned throughout the day. All Jingle Dress dancers are invited to come and dance.

Schedule for Treaty Day:

6:30 AM Sunrise Ceremony, Ojibwe Memorial Park (cemetery)

10:00 AM Chief Buffalo's Pipe, Ojibwe Memorial Park

The Pipe will be Feasted and the story of the Pipe told.

1:00 PM Jingle Dress Dance, Ojibwe Memorial Park

The Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer will debut. All dancers are welcome.

3:00 PM Potluck Feast & Presentation, Harry Nelson Recreational Center

4-6:00 PM Concert: Long Hairz Collective, Harry Nelson Recreational Center


Check the Ferry Schedule for Treaty Day HERE

And learn more about the Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer HERE

Watch the interview, as well as many others, at (Cut and paste link into browser)

On Sunday September 30th from 1-2pm we will be LIVEstreaming the Introduction of the
Jingle Dress Dancer at the link Below.

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Transcript Of The Giant Jingle Dress Interview

Paul DeMain: Tell us what you’re doing up there with this huge dress?

Annie Humphrey holds up the Jingle Dress she was getting ready to add jingle cones along the red ribbons of the skirt.

Photos by DKakkak

Annie Humphrey: Well... She’s going to fit, we are going to adjust it for that head we have over there. And all these little hand prints have been collected at the Honor the Earth Pow Wow and different communities over here. And all the way from little baby footprint here to bigger kids. So this, instead of having florals, they wanted kind of an old style Jingle in black, and instead of having florals, right? It’s hands. So down there will be florals represented as hands.

Paul DeMain: Florals on the lower level down here?

Annie Humphrey: The hands are the florals, right? So there will be another row of florals... Let me lay this down so you can see how...  And then look at the jingles that Tommy (Nelson)  gave us after, so the hands are where the florals would be. And then the jingles are aluminum flashing so, right, so here we have florals here, right? It’s like a old style dress but we’re just using all these little hand prints and footprints and they’re being incorporated in where ever you usually see florals at.
We have little baby hands and little baby feet. It’s cute. And the girls are working on making the bias for the jingles because we have to replicate everything.

Paul DeMain: How many people have been out working on this project so far?

Annie Humphrey: Well, Chris has had some people who are helping with the ones of the head and hands. He’s got a really cool scale drawn tall.

Paul DeMain: Tell us your name and where you’re from? And the details about when they’re going to dedicate this?

Annie Humphrey: My name is Annie Humphrey and I’m from Leech Lake. September 30th, on Treaty Day, right here.

Paul DeMain: All right. Meegwetch. Madeline Island in Lake Superior. Can you tell us what you’ve got here? You’ve got some nice sized hands.

Chris Lutter: Yes. Well, you know the puppet is 12, well, with her fan, she’s 12 feet tall, actually the puppet itself is going to be 9 feet tall, so it’s a tall puppet. So, we’re creating the forms for the hands. We’re going to cast this in paper mache so it’s nice and light, like a shell of the hand and then also the mask for the head, is right there. I call it a mask but it’s the whole head form.

Chris Lutter and Kelly Peterson working on the Dancer’s clay hands.

Paul DeMain: And you’ll be doing that in paper mache as well, casting it so you’ve got a very light figurine to move about. Will she be stationary?

Chris Lutter: No, she’ll be dancing. She’s a puppet. If she was stationary, she’d be a sculpture. But when you start moving her around, she’s a puppet. So the idea is that she’ll dance and make jingles and it will be, you know, spectacular and beautiful. We’re trying to create an artistic spectacle that is beautiful to watch and can be part of the Ceremony of Healing that is happening on the 30th of September, for Treaty Day.

Paul DeMain: The Jingle Dress being associated with healing and healing for what particular reason? Why Madeline Island?

Chris Lutter: Well Madeline Island is the ancestral home of the Ojibwe people, it’s a very important of center of the world and why healing? Because there’s a lot of pain and hurt in the community and in the world right now so healing is more important than ever.
We’re staying on the north end there and if that’s not healing, I don’t know what is. It’s a really powerful and beautiful place to have the privilege to hang out.

Paul DeMain: The LaPointe Band fishing camp, which is actually more than just the Bad River Band, very extensive. If you look at the Treaty of 1825, who’s at LaPointe, who’s on island, you have pretty much a good portion of the Ojibwa Nation from the area around here. Who’s sponsoring this? How would you describe that or who’s behind this?

Chris Lutter: I wasn’t at the fund raiser but there’s numerous sponsors, including Winona LaDuke and the Anishinaabe Fund and I think Bay Arts Council, maybe. You’d be better off talking to Barb, the fund raiser in the LaPointe Center. Yeah, a lot of people are behind this.

The clay replica of the Jingle Dress Dancer head was made in clay, then cast as a paper mache head in order to make it lighter. 

Paul DeMain: We’re looking forward to seeing this. This is interesting here. We’ve got the bust, we’ve got the hands. We saw the dress. It’s all taking place at Madeline Island and so what next? Three or four weeks, you’ll be working on this?
Chris Lutter: No, through next week. And then this workshop is finished next Friday. And then we’re just kind of laying low till Treaty Day.

Paul DeMain: So that will be like, oh I guess, 23rd is when you’ll be finished up here. And who’s your helper here?

Chris Lutter: August 24th, end of day, is when this workshop will formally close. There might be more stuff to work on, you know. We’ll just get that stuff done as we can between August 24th and September 30th, when Treaty Day comes around. This is Kelly, Kelly Peterson.

Paul DeMain: Okay. Thank you much  and thank you Kelly for joining in and being here today, on this beautiful day.

Kelly Peterson: It’s a pleasure to be a part of the project. Thank you.

The Giant Jingle Dress Project Is Sponsored In Part By

Red Cliff And Bad River Bands Of Lake Superior Chippewa

The Anishinabe Fund Of The Duluth Superior Area Community

Honor The Earth

Native American Educational Technologies Inc.

Mad Island Communications

Manypenny Bistro

Big Top Chautauqua


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