Jingle All the Way
AIANTA’s proprietary “Jingle Dress” thumb drive.
Through the collective efforts of the tribal tourism industry, AIANTA has seen international visitation to indigenous communities nearly triple in the past decade.
We are at the forefront of a new movement, one where travelers skip the cookie cutter destinations in favor of more in-depth, authentic cultural heritage tourism experiences.
In addition to providing the education, technical assistance and training requested by our tourism industry partners, AIANTA works closely with international and domestic tour operators, travel agents and travel media to provide inspiration on how visitors can best experience Indian Country.
But none of our efforts would be possible without the support of our federal, regional, local, non-profit, individual and tribal partners.
We are especially grateful for contributions of the individuals and organizations who continue to support AIANTA, especially in turbulent times.
Your financial contributions allow AIANTA to provide its robust annual programming and outreach.
Friends of AIANTA
If you are not yet a member, we ask that you consider becoming a friend of AIANTA now.
“Friends of AIANTA” memberships begin at just $150, and provide you with a voice to help AIANTA chart its course in the coming years.
Any new member joining us by January 31, 2021, will receive one of AIANTA’s proprietary Jingle Dress thumb drives.
If you are already a member, you may renew your membership for 2021 by December 31, 2020 to receive the thumb drive. If you are a new member who has joined within the past 12 months, we can prorate your renewal for the remainder of 2021.
But please hurry.
We’ve only ordered a limited supply of these cute little thumb drives and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the Jingle Dress
The jingle dress began to appear in the upper Midwest in the early 20th century. The dress features rows of metal cones, which were traditionally crafted from snuff tobacco tins, that jingle as the dancer moves. The jingles are lively and create their own unique sound when dancers perform in tandem with drum rhythms. According to NCAI, the jingle dress dance originated in a dream by an Ojibwe medicine man, who was visited in the dream by spirit guides wearing the dress, who showed the man how to heal his sick granddaughter.
About the Artists
AIANTA’s Jingle Dress Dancer Thumb Drive was designed by NSRGNTS, lead by native couple Votan Ik and Leah Lewis. Although they both come from artistic backgrounds, together they’ve developed some of the most iconic images addressing an array of topics across Indian country.
Among their most recognized images is their collaborations on “Native Kawaii” art. These works lend a voice to native youth and children who often have very little or no representation in popular culture. These characters represent many different indigenous nations and positively portray indigenous people as a whole.