What is a Dream Catcher?
Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native
American people. The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was
intended to teach natural wisdom. Nature is a profound teacher.
Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since
ancient times by Ojibwa people. They were woven by the grandfathers
and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard
to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is
filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the
dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement
of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream.
Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find
their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises
and evaporates them like the morning dew.
Originally the Native American dream catcher was woven on twigs
of the red willow using thread from the stalk of the stinging nettle.
The red willow and twigs from other trees of the willow family,
as well as red twig dogwood can be found in many parts of the United
States. These twigs are gathered fresh and dried in a circle or
pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They
used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to
each web because there is only one creator in the web of life