The past, present, and future of dream catchers

What is a dream catcher? Why is it interesting? How ancient is it? What can they do to your life? Should you get to know them better? And more on dream catchers. Wake up.

We have more than a hundred dream catchers for you. They are dazzling. They are delicate. They are intriguing. They are interesting. They are mysterious. They are evocative. They are vivid. They are complementary adjective generators. But why are they all this and even more? Let’s find out.

Before that, here are some pictures of the dream catchers for you and a link that will take you to the whole family. Many families of dream catchers. Keep the page open and read on why dreamcatchers, while looking at dream catchers.

And now for some cool gyan from the web of dream catchers.  

What is the meaning and history behind the dreamcatcher? Originally created by American Indians, dreamcatchers today come in a variety of different sizes and styles…and spellings. 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, hanging down from the bottom of the hoop. Real authentic, traditional dream catchers are handmade and crafted only from all natural materials, measuring just a few small inches across in size. The hoops are usually constructed of a bent Red Willow branch covered in stretched sinews. Wrapping the frame in leather is another common finishing touch for “real” dream catchers.


History of the Dreamcatcher: 

Today the dream catcher is associated with Native American culture in general, but dream catchers are often believed to have originated from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe in particular. The Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher asabikeshiinh actually means “spider,” referring to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop.

Ojibwa Legend & Story of the Dream catcher
According to the Ojibwa story, a mystical and maternal “Spider Woman” served as the spiritual protector for the tribe, especially for young children, kids and babies. As the Ojibwe people continued to grow and spread out across the land, The Spider Woman found it difficult to continue to protect and watch over all the members of the tribe as they migrated farther and farther away. This is why she created the first dreamcatcher.

Following her example, mothers and grandmothers would recreate the maternal keepsake as a means of mystically protecting their children and families from afar.

What do dream catchers do?
Ojibwe dream catchers were traditionally used as talismans to protect sleeping people, usually children, from bad dreams and nightmares. Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams, both good and bad. When hung above the bed in a place where the morning sunlight can hit it, the dream catcher attracts and catches all sorts of dreams and thoughts into its webs. Good dreams pass through and gently slide down the feathers to comfort the sleeper below. Bad dreams, however, are caught up in its protective net and destroyed, burned up in the light of day.

Dream Catcher Meaning: Web, Feathers & Beads
All parts of the authentic Native American dreamcatcher have meaning tied to the natural world. The shape of the dreamcatcher is a circle because it represents the circle of life and how forces like the sun and moon travel each day and night across the sky. The dream catcher web catches the bad dreams during the night and dispose of them when the day comes. As for the good dreams, the feathers act as a fluffy, pillow-like ladder that allows them to gently descend upon the sleeping person undisturbed.

Dreamcatcher Meaning Today: Authentic Symbol or Cultural Appropriation?
Real handmade dream catchers are usually small in size and feature sacred charms like feathers and beads. Many dream catchers for sale today, however, are much more American than Native American, often oversized and made of cheap plastic materials.

Ours are not like that. Our dreamcatchers are are Indian

WHAT ELSE: From elegant clocks to fun time-keepers, we have a range of artistic offerings that go beyond clocks and into over 50 product categories, Put simply, Engrave has something for anyone who appreciates good taste, and ethical making practices. Welcome to the world of Engrave. Welcome to a handcrafted, personalised, and thoughtful world.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.


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