The dream catchers we offer are the most recognizable Native American symbol in Western culture.
For many Amerindians, these thousand-year-old objects represent the tradition and legends of the dreamcatcher that have been passed down for generations. For some, they are the symbol of the unity of the Amerindians. But for others, dream catchers are simply wall decorations embellishing an interior. Several Amerindian tribes have tried to regain their meaning by making dream catchers from traditional materials. By learning the meaning of these beautiful woven circles, you will gain a deeper understanding of the craft and the beliefs behind their creation.
STORY OF THE DREAM CATCHER
Dreamcatcher comes from the Ojibwe tribe living on the North American plains, but many other tribes such as the Chippewa and Lakota have their own version of the Dreamcatcher legend. In 1929, a scholar named Francis Densmore was the first to document a non-Native American. Although there are many variations, a dreamcatcher is essentially a small wooden circle tied with sinew or thread to resemble a canvas with a small hole in the middle. The strings or tendons are knotted at several points on the circle, the number of points on the dream catcher having different meanings:
* 13 points - the 13 phases of the moon...
* 8 points - the number of legs of the legendary dream catcher spider
* 7 points - the seven prophecies of the grandfathers
* 6 points - an eagle or courage
* 5 points - the star
A dream catcher may also have a feather attached to the bottom and beads hanging from the feathers. Traditional dream catchers measure only a few centimeters in diameter, but you can see contemporary models ranging from a few centimeters to more than 50 cm in diameter in our shop.
Legend has it that if you hang a dream catcher over a bed, it will catch bad dreams while letting good dreams make their way through the hole in the middle. When the sun's rays reach the dream catchers in the morning, all the bad dreams evaporate.
Dream catchers became popular during the New Age Movement of the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of the renewed pride of Native Americans. They are now found on almost every reservation in the United States and Canada. Although you can find cheap imported metal products in many souvenir stores throughout the West, it's a better idea to get the authentic dream catchers we offer. By buying dream catchers made according to traditional principles, you can have a real piece of art in your living room that is thousands of years old.
THE LEGEND OF THE DREAM CATCHER
Each tribe has a similar legend, but each legend has slightly different twists that are unique to it.
LEGEND OF THE OJIBWE
It's the story of how the spider woman brought the sun back to the people of the world. Once, the Ojibwe were brought together as one nation.
As the population scattered across North America, Asibikaashi (the spider woman) vowed to continue taking care of the children, but could not go to bed every night. The women of the tribe wove magical webs in the shape of a circle (this is how the sun moves across the sky) and hung them over the cradles. Just as the spider woman traps insects in her sticky web, bad dreams are trapped in the dream catcher's web and perish when the sun hits them every morning. Many mothers have attached a feather to the hoop in the center representing breath or air. The baby would look at the feather and play while dancing on the wind above its head.
This legend says that dream catchers were created to prevent children from waking up with the fear of bad dreams still in their eyes. Mothers wove a cloth over a willow hoop while saying sacred words and thinking happy thoughts. They hung the sacred feathers in the center so that when good dreams made their way to the center, they would float down the feathers and spread over the sleepers. An owl feather represented wisdom and was placed above the girls' bed, while an eagle feather represented courage and was placed above the boys' bed.
In this legend, an ancient spiritual leader had a vision. Iktomi, the great teacher appeared as a spider.
Iktomi took the willow hoop and began to weave a web as he spoke of the cycle of life, from infant to old age. He told the elder of the tribe that if you listen to the right ideas, the forces at hand will guide you in the right direction. If you listen to evil, the forces will lead you in the wrong direction. He showed the tribal elder that the web was a perfect circle, but it had a hole in the middle. Iktomi told him that the good ideas would be captured by the web, but the bad ideas would go through the hole and not get stuck because that would sift the dreams and visions of his people.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A DREAM CATCHER?
There are different criteria for choosing a dream catcher.
Authenticity: Some of our dream catchers are a faithful representation of Native American dream catchers, they bear Native American names and are recognizable by their traditional aspect.
The interior decoration aspect: Some of our dream catchers have a marriage of colors to sublimate an interior.
For children: Some are specially designed to please children in order to help them realize peaceful dreams.
Phosphorescent: Many have bulbs and autonomy of several tens of hours to shine in the night.
Giving someone a dream catcher (whether it's the one you made yourself or the one you bought in our shop) tells the donor that you care about them and their peace of mind. Make sure they receive a note describing the importance of the dream catcher and explaining how the legend says it will protect them from bad dreams and negative thoughts. Today, many people place dream catchers throughout the home as a Native American decor and you'll even see them hanging from the inside mirrors of many cars. We don't know if a dream catcher in the car can protect you from the bad thoughts of other drivers, but it probably wouldn't hurt.
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