Dream Catcher

I have always been interested in Dream catchers, which I’ve seen used in different home décor for years, but have you ever wondered where they originated from?

In doing research I found that the web dream catcher originated from the Native American Ojibwa tribe. American ethnographer Frances Densmore says that according to an Ojibwa legend, the dream catcher is correlated with Absibikaashi, who is also known as The Spider Woman. She used to look over all her people, and cherished them, but she couldn’t be with all of them every evening to protect them from evil.

This is how the dream catcher came to be, mothers and grandmothers agreed to weave a design like a web inside a circle made from the willow tree to protect their children and families. The web was said to catch the evil dreams and hold them until sunrise, and then when the sun hit the dream catcher it would evaporate the dream.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s they were also adopted by other Native Americans. Some consider the dream catcher to be a symbol of unity among the various Indigenous Nations.

Dream catchers today come in a variety of sizes and styles. 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 and hanging down from the bottom of the hoop.

We love the inspiration of the dream catcher and hope you do too!

*Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamcatcher and http://legomenon.com/dreamcatcher-meaning-legend-history-origins.html sites were used for research for this blog.
'Dream Big' Dream Catcher Metal Wall sign