When Art is Medicine: Ojibwe Women and the Jingle Dress Dance Tradition

April 15, 2021
1:00 PM
Location: Virtual Lecture Series
Newport, RI 02840

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Thursday, April 15, 1 p.m. EDT
Brenda J. Child, PhD, Northrop Professor and former Chair of the Departments of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Child’s talk considers the origins of a revolutionary healing tradition that emerged in the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 in the Great Lakes, one that is still widely practiced today.

About Brenda J. Child
Brenda J. Child, PhD, is Northrop Professor and former Chair of the Departments of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of several books in American Indian history including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (University of Nebraska Press, 1998), which won the North American Indian Prose Award; Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (Penguin Random House, 2012); Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education (with Brian Klopotek, School for Advanced Research Press, 2014). Her 2014 book My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (Minnesota Historical Society Press) won the American Indian Book Award and the Best Book in Midwestern History. She is the author of a best-selling bilingual book for children, Bowwow Powwow (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018). She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian (2013-18) and was President of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (2017-18). She is a member of the board of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is part of a committee developing a new constitution for the 12,000-member nation.

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When Art is Medicine: Ojibwe Women and the Jingle Dress Dance Tradition