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Unfortunately for her, the tribe was getting bigger and bigger, and it was becoming very hard for her to look after everyone. Then she had an idea, to create something that could accompany every member, warrior or child of the tribe, so that she would never be without her spiritual protection.
So she ordered spiders to weave their webs in the wooden rings of the inhabitants (original decoration of their tribe), and in the morning everyone had their dream catcher and from then on everyone slept for the best.
It was then that the sacred circles (that's what the Ojibwe call them at the base) were not only adopted, but used as a talisman to protect people from bad dreams while they slept. They were woven by the village elders, grandmothers and shamans for the children, which did not prevent others from making their own patterns on their own. These North American tribes were certain that the night air was full of dreams and that the dream catchers were there as a filter for bad dreams.
Where do dream catchers come from?
At the beginning, they were created by the Amerindians. The dream catchers exist nowadays in many different forms, colors, sizes, number of rings, feathers and beads - all features vary from one model to another. Originally it was just a circle in willow (a soft wood) on which magic ornaments were placed; the role of the beads and feathers.
Origin of Dream Catchers
Nowadays, the Dream Catcher is described as mostly belonging to the Amerindian culture. Two major tribes "share" the invention of these decorative objects, the Lakota and the Ojibwe tribes.
Beneficial dreams, full of positive waves pass carefree through the "meshes of the fillet”. They find their way through and manage to free themselves through the feathers before reaching the sleeper. Bad dreams and nightmares cannot get out, they get stuck in the feathers and when daylight comes, it destroys them instantly.
Dream catchers are therefore the ideal decoration for your sleep guards, faithful to your mind every night. They will fill you with positive thoughts and eliminate everything that can hinder your regeneration during sleep. Dream catchers will also burn away all the nightmares that haunt you.
How Are Dream Catchers Made?
Whatever the model, whether it is a colorful dreamcatcher or a traditional Indian dream catcher, these objects remain handmade and handcrafted. They are generally made from natural materials as mentioned above and willow, especially red willow, whose boards are cut to make the hoop which can even be covered with leather.
Ojibwa Legend of the First Dream Catcher
The Ojibwe have a culture very much influenced by the concept of spirits, many elements have spirits and the main one is the protective spirit, the spider woman ("Asibikaashi"), a kind of goddess in charge of looking after the members of the tribe and especially the young children who are more vulnerable.