Exhibit explores banned Jingle Dress dance, crimes against Native American women

Century-old art forms and a story of healing are at the center of Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s latest exhibit, and a meaningful addition to the park’s summer program highlighting Native American culture.

“The Jingle Dress,” an exhibit of elaborate ceremonial garments made by the women who dance while wearing them, is on display at the park’s museum through Sept. 6.

The exhibit tells the story behind the dress, the dance, and their powerful spiritual connection to healing. It’s also intended to bring awareness of violent crime targeting Native American women.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park presents "The Jingle Dress," an exhibit of Native American women's ceremonial clothing. The red jingle dress and dance have been adopted by those at the forefront of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.

Both are fresh in the mind of April Carmelo of Redding, guest curator and citizen of the Greenville Rancheria.

“This exhibit is personal to me because I lost a sister, Mary Carmelo, (murdered) in 2013,” she said. “Her remains were returned to me in 2018.”

The “small, but powerful” exhibit includes five adult women’s dresses and two children’s dresses made with “mesmerizing and absolutely stunning” detail work, Turtle Bay Museum curator Amanda Kramp said.

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