My Mother Taught Me
“First Woman was given the power to create the things necessary for survival.” -Mary Crow Dog
Women acquired the skills and knowledge needed to
make objects from their mothers and grandmothers. Although everyday objects were valued most for their usefulness, decorative elements like colorful beadwork also made them beautiful and meaningful.
Generations of women have continued to pass down
traditions, and many still create the same objects, with the same techniques and natural materials, as their female ancestors did.
An Anishinaabe tradition that has been passed down is the Jingle Dress and Jingle Dress Dance. Click here to learn more about the Jingle Dress and how it came into being.