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Young Arlee girl jingle dances for healing during pandemic

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 16:41:14-04

ARLEE — An 11-year-old girl in Arlee who is doing something unique amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Aurora O’Neill has been dancing a jingle dance to the Creator for the past several nights at sunset, asking for healing upon the Earth.

She is answering the call of jingle dancers across the country who are also participating.

This type of dancing is considered a healing prayer in the Native American community.

Click here to view the video of Aurora's jingle dance.

Aurora is a descendant of the Salish tribe.

There are different versions of the story about how the dance began. But they all include a little girl who was very sick.

Her father had a dream about a dance that would make her better.

She wore a dress lined with rows of silver cones and the sound of the jingles healed her.

It's the thought that every step upon the earth is a prayer.