Dream catcher shop
TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF THE DREAM CATCHER IN THE AMERINDIAN CULTURE
Originally created by American Indians, the Dream Catcher exists today in different sizes and styles. It usually consists of a small wooden hoop covered with a net or canvas of natural fibres. It also includes symbolic sacred objects such as feathers and beads attached that hang from the bottom of the hoop.
Whether it is a bamboo or lace dream catcher style, the authentic traditional dream catcher is handmade. It is made from natural materials and measures only a few centimetres in diameter. The hoops are usually made of a curved branch of red willow covered with stretched tendons. The real models also have a frame wrapped in leather.
Today, this decorative object is associated with Amerindian culture in general. The Lakota Indian tribe has its own legend about the origins of the dream catcher. However, a common thought is that they come specifically from the Ojibwa Chippewa Indian tribe.
Many ethnographers believe that dream catcher was passed down from the Ojibwe through marriage and trade. The Ojibwe word actually means ‘spider’. It is a reference to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop. The patterns of the dream catcher are similar to the strap that Native Americans also used to make snowshoes.
SHAMANIC ATTRIBUTIONS OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE CONCEPT OF A DREAM CATCHER
All parts of the authentic Native American dream catcher carry a meaning related to the natural world. The shape of the dreamcatcher is a circle, as it represents the circle of life, although you may find some very atypical aspects as the design catches dream hearts. It also expresses how forces like the sun and the moon explore the sky day and night. The canvas catches bad dreams during the night and disposes of them during the day. The feathers act as a soft ladder that gently brings the good dreams to the sleeping person.
As for the beads that often decorate the dream catcher, there is some controversy over their meaning. According to some American Indians, beads symbolize the spider-tisserand itself. Others, on the other hand, believe that beads symbolize good dreams that could not pass through the web. They are then immortalized as sacred charms.
DREAM CATCHER TRANSLATION OF A SYMBOL OF UNITY OF THE AMERINDIANS AND THEIR CULTURE
Although the dream catcher is quite prolific, finding an authentic one is not so easy. Real handmade models are usually small in size. They also display sacred charms such as feathers and beads. Many of those for sale are more Western than those of the Native Americans. They are often oversized and made from cheap plastics.
Many Native Americans still consider the dream catcher a symbol of unity. In particular, it poses the identity of the many Indian nations and First Nations cultures. Yet many other Native Americans have come to see it as a symbol of cultural appropriation. In particular, they denounce the over-commercialization, offensive misappropriation and misuse of this object by non-natives.