San Basilio de Palenque is a town an hour outside Cartagena, Colombia – its inhabitants were originally African slaves who escaped Spanish rulers 400 years ago. Music has played a part in keeping their story alive.
The beautiful Jingle dance regalia is adorned with metal cones that cause a unique sound as they shake together. These are made from 365 snuff or chewing tobacco lids! The origins of the dance are from a dream that an Ojibwe man had, which instructed him in a style of dress and dance that would heal a young girl. I have also heard it called a Prayer dance. More powwow pictures.