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Jingle Dancer Program

The Mid-America All-Indian Center is excited to offer our Jingle Dancer Program. This educational outreach program is aimed at 2nd grade classes throughout the state of Kansas. At the end of each year, 2nd grade students read Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith. This book tells the story of Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl in Oklahoma, who wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow, but is not sure if she will find enough jingles for her dress in time.

We are excited to bring this story to life at your school! Using a youth size jingle dress and other clothing items from our hands on collection, students can compare and contrast different American Indian powwow regalia, some of which are represented in the story. Additionally, students can learn about the two different styles of Jingle Dancing and other ceremonial dances performed at powwows through an interactive presentation facilitated by our Education Coordinator, incorporating other books and photographs from our collection. Finally, students can experience firsthand some of the items used at the powwow and in every day American Indian life through our hands on collection.

Artist: Mid-America All-Indian Center

Format Audience Size Grade Level Curriculum Cost
Workshop Groups of 10 or more Grade 2 - Grade 2 History / Social Studies
Kansas History
Language Arts
$3 per student

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