Today im going to talk about Dream catcher. It is a traditional Native American object. It’s a native American tradition, from Ojibwa (Chippewa) tribe. They hang this dream catcher as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. Traditionally Native American dreamcatchers are and made of bent wood and sinew string with a feather hanging from the netting.

How does dream catcher catches the dreams?

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day. When the sun rises in the morning, sunrays will destroy the bad dreams trapped in the dreamcatcher web (according to Objibwe story)

What does dream catchers are made of ?

Dream catcher hoops were originally made out of willow and covered with sage; the web was made from deer sinew. Modern dream catchers are made with wood or metal wrapped in leather strips, artificial sinew replace the now forbidden use of deer sinew.

 A story people believe….

This legend states that a woman whom the tribe called Spider Woman helped bring the sun to their people. At that time, according to legend, all people lived in one general area together. Spider woman would build her lodge early each day, and could be seen as the dew settled on the spider webs around her lodge. These dewy webs caught the sun’s rays each day. Later, when people began to scatter to the four corners of the Earth, Spider Woman who also cared for the infants of the tribe could not follow everyone at once. So she took the sinew of the dew-covered plants and webs, weaving them into a circle that represented the sun. These were the first dream catcher.

Where can I put my dream catcher?

Dream catchers should be hanged over bed, so it could protect you while you sleep. The dream catcher charm should be hang from the hoop on the cradle.

Does it really catches my bad dreams?

Nobody know the actual truth, when people believe, psychologically they feel better and safer, when a person hangs dreamcatcher and believe is it, he/she can sleep in peace because dreamcatcher is there to protect. And I think when you believe it just comes true.


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