Emerson in Bozeman hosted a virtual jingle dress contest for Indigenous women

Shundiin Whitehorse, 16, filmed her entry for a virtual jingle dress dance contest in just one take an hour before the deadline.



a person standing on top of a snow covered slope: Shundiin Whitehorse, 16, won second place in the Social Distance Powwow's red jingle dress contest.


© Courtesy of Tara Whitehorse
Shundiin Whitehorse, 16, won second place in the Social Distance Powwow’s red jingle dress contest.

For Shundiin, multiple attempts at the traditional dance were not an option, as she filmed her entry in negative 35-degree weather in Saskatchewan, Canada.

In conjunction with its new art exhibit honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women, the Emerson Arts and Culture Center in Bozeman hosted a virtual red jingle dress contest on Jan. 22-24. The jingle dress dance is popular among Native women and girls and is often performed at powwows as a healing dance.

To participate in the virtual contest, contestants posted jingle dress dance videos on the Social Distance Powwow Facebook page, which formed amid the COVID-19 pandemic in lieu of in-person powwow

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