The Healing Dance
2018 Indigenous

The Healing Dance

A young girl learns about the origins of jingle dancing as she prepares to dance in her first pow wow.



Pitch video


Rosie is a young girl who is called to dance. She narrates her journey as she prepares to dance in her first pow wow: from the drumming that called out to her, to learning to jingle dance from her mom, to making her dress. Just before she steps into the dance circle, she visits her Nookomis (Grandmother), who tells Rosie the history of jingle dancing and why it's known as The Healing Dance. When Rosie is concerned that she doesn't know anyone who is sick, Nookomis tells Rosie that she'll dance for those that need to heal from loss, from trauma, from the past. Rosie gets worried - that feels like a lot of pressure, but Nookomis reminds her that the dance called out to her, and now it's time to answer. She can do it. She can heal.

The team

Aanii! Hello! Our team currently consists of a writer/director and animator. We're looking forward to bringing this beautiful, animated short to life. If you'd like to be a part of our story, get in touch! Miigwech!