Today's Google Doodle: The Jingle Dress

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Google says the Jingle Dance affirms the power of Native American women

Google's June 15 Doodle is a celebration of jingle dancers and of Native women.

Early sketch of the Jingle Dance for Google Doodle.

"Dancers move in unison and a sound fills the air, like raindrops falling on a tin roof," Google said in its posted explanation. "Today’s Doodle by Ojibwe guest artist Joshua Mangeship Pawis-Steckley celebrates the Jingle Dress Dance, which originated during the 1920s amongst the Ojibwe tribe somewhere between Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario. The dance lives on today, notably in events such as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Grand Celebration Pow Wow this weekend in Hinckley, Minnesota."

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Google Doodle
Artist Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Google photo)

Google posted a Q&A with the artist, Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, who divides his time between Wasauksing First Nation (in Ontario) and Vancouver.

One question asks, "what message do you hope people take away from your Doodle?" He answers: "That Anishinaabe culture is beautiful. That indigenous women are strong and resilient, and the voice of our future.

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Google calls the Jingle Dance a constant and the sounds "affirm the power of Native American women."

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Comments (4)
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My Gma was Metis
My Gma was Metis

Love! Love! Love! Some truths to reconciliation. Let`s celebrate First Nations...appearing in any public dance, show, exhibition, stampede or pageant wearing traditional regalia


What a wonderful thing to see on Google today... Beautiful!


I really wish the story about why the jingle dress was created was included in this article. It is a very strong and beautiful story about healing.


The Google doodle is spectacular, and for those who know the work of the great Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau, it bespeaks his influence. So it's no surprise that it was created by another Anishinaabe, Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, a young artist whom now we know to look out for. Well done, Joshua!