Dreamcatchers: One of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans…
The dreamcatcher has been a part of Native American culture for generations. Traditionally, they are said to protect the sleeping people from negative dreams while letting positive dreams pass through. Dreamcatchers are said to have originated with the Ojibwe people (Ojibwe Chippewa tribe), but it wasn’t until the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s that they were adopted by Native Americans of a number of different nations through intermarriage and trade.
The Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher “asabikeshiinh” actually means spider, referring to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop. Photo Credit
They usually consist of a small wooden hoop covered in a net or web of natural fibers, with meaningful sacred items like feathers and beads attached. Photo Credit
Traditionally, the Ojibwa construct dreamcatchers by tying sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers, arrowheads, beads, and shells
They used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstones, with one gemstone to each web to symbolize the single creator in the web of life.