Dream Catchers come from the Native American Indian Cultures, each with differing patterns and legends attached to them.
The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa tribe was intended to teach natural wisdom; their dream catchers were made from twigs, sinew, and feathers. It is believed that they were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for their newborn grandchildren and were hung above the cradle board to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. Their dream catchers were used with the intention that good dreams were clear and remembered by dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams were not able to find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.
Originally the Native American dream catcher was woven on twigs of the red willow using thread from the stalk of the stinging nettle. These twigs were gathered fresh and dried in a circle or pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to each web because there is only one creator in the web of life
Another history telling says that an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and searcher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to spiritual leader in a sacred language. As he spoke, Iktomi is believed to have picked up the leader's willow hoop which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings on it, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life; how we begin our lives as infants, move on through childhood and on to adulthood. Finally we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.
But, Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, in each time of life there are many forces, some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they'll steer you in the wrong direction and may hurt you. So these forces can help, or can interfere with the harmony of Nature. While the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web.
When Iktomi finished speaking, it is believed that he gave the elder the web and said “The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the centre. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass”.
The elder passed on his vision onto his people and soon many of the Indian people had a dream catcher above their bed to sift their dreams and visions. It is believed the good will pass through the centre hole and down the line of beads and feathers to the sleeping person. The bad in their dreams will be captured in the web, where they perish in the light of the morning sun. It is said the dream catcher holds the destiny of the future.
All our dream catchers are based on these legends, with each one having a centre hole and just the one string of beads and feathers coming straight down from this hole, allowing good dreams to be remembered, and bad dreams will be caught in the web to be forgotten when day breaks. The bead (representing the spider) will vary but will be a crystal connection to dreams, as in dream recall, or easing fears of the bad dreams etc.
If you have a particular crystal or colour of wrapping etc. that you would like, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.