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Journey to Wellness // Monday 8:00amA 10-minute bi-weekly program on Native American Community Health in MN and around the country in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School- Duluth Campus, Center of American Indian and Minority Health. The program will feature interviews with medical and health researchers, professors, and doctors plus native people active in Native American health today. Journey to Wellness on The North 103.3 is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: healing the world through a gift from northern Minnesota

©Lisa Johnson

Looking around, it's hard to know where to start.

Worries and fears about physical safety, economic safety - your kids, your parents, your job ...
Perhaps the internet came along just in time.

Not only is it letting us take care of *some* of our business "as usual,* you can spend some time online with jingle dress dancers.

Dr. Brenda J. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota. She's a Northrop  Professor of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and former chair of the Department.

It turns out that the jingle dress dance originated right here in northern Minnesota about a hundred years ago - right around the *last* time people were worried and afraid and looking for hope and healing.

Credit MN Historical Society and ©Lisa Johnson
(left) jingle dresses circa 1920s (right) jingle dress, 2017

Dr Brenda Child is a professor, author and a member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian.  And thanks to Northern Creefor the jingle dress song.

Credit ©Lisa Johnson
Jingle dress dancer, 2017 United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck, ND

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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