Origin Story of Dreamcatchers
In Ojibwe legends, dreamcatchers are said to have originated with a spider woman named Asibikaashi. She was tasked with caring for the Earth's people, so she wove special webs above infant's beds that could trap everything bad in its threads and make them disappear before dawn. When the Ojibwe tribe spread out across North America, mothers, sisters, and grandmothers started to weave dreamcatchers from traditional materials like willow hoops and sinew or cordage made from plants, which were designed to look like a circle symbolizing how the sun moves across the sky, since Asibikaashi could no longer weave every cradle board individually. To this day, the dreamcatcher purpose is thought to protect you from bad dreams so you can find blessings, good dreams, and protection.
Traditional dreamcatchers often contain the four directions: North, East, South, and West - these represent protection in both the physical and spiritual worlds depending on where it hangs in a space or house. As an important part of an individual’s spiritual journey, dreamcatchers remind us of our connection to mother earth and help us create meaningful relationships with ourselves, our ancestors, and the world around us.
The hoop represents the sun that travels each day across the sky and could also represent the circle of life.
The web is symbolic of the spiderweb that traps the bad dream or dark spirits and gets rid of them before dawn.
Feathers represent air and the breath of life.
Beads, where a single bead could represent the spider woman. Multiple beads, could represent the bad dreams or dark spirits that have been caught.
Arrowheads: represent strength and protection
In search of genuine, authentic dreamcatchers? Before purchasing, it's important to differentiate between the real and the imitation. Traditional, handmade dreamcatchers usually feature natural elements like feathers and wooden beads. Unfortunately, many stores have begun selling versions made with artificial materials (like cheap plastic) that lack deep cultural significance.
Respectively embracing this symbol of unity within First Nations is advised for all who wish to enjoy the beauty of dreamcatchers without insulting its origins.
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