Today we worked at clay all day at Minwaashin Lodge; in the morning we made pinch-pot smudge bowls and other fabulous sculptures, then we shared a delicious (as always) lunch, and in the afternoon we made tiles for the Clay Project. There were many participants, children and parents and many of the staff from the Lodge too!
The Nunavut flag features a red inuksuk, a traditional Inuit land marker, a blue star representing Niqirtsuituq, the north star and the leadership of elders in the community, and the colours blue, yellow and white represent the riches of the land, sea and sky.
From what I understand, the Jingle Dress is special in that the dress is as important as the dance. It is a medicine dress which is worn for a healing dance. When a woman takes on the responsibility of their dress it should be treated with ceremony. The rows of metal cones, called ziibaaska'iganan in Ojibwe, dangle from the dresses and rattle and clink as the dancers move. So beautiful.