Dream Catchers

Hand made Dream Catchers from 5" to 14" in Diameter in all different color combinations

The Ojibwe people have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher.  Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she too care of the children and the people of the land.  Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, ore cordage made from plants.  The Dream Catchers would filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our minds. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear.

Even infants were provided with protective charms.  Examples of these are the "spider webs" hung on the hoop of a cradle board.  These articles consisted of wooden hoops about 3 1/2 inches in diameter filled with an imitation of a spider's web made of fine yarn, usually dyed red.  In old times this netting was made of nettle fiber.  Two spider webs were usually hung on the hoop, and it was said that they "caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it"