Dreamcatchers Of The Ojibwa Nation

Introduction

Dreamcatchers are easy to come by but many of them aren't really authentic. We know them as the circular web like objects that have feathers dangling off from them that someone how aid us with our dreams. The history of the dreamcatcher isn't as well known as the legend for not many people take care to learn this.

With this hub I hope to teach you the history of the dreamcatcher, the legend and even my own personal uses of this object.

History

The origins of the dream catcher is somewhat unclear. It seems that the most common said origin are of the Ojibwa nation. Though they were the creators of the concept behind the dream catchers it was well adopted. Many nations followed close behind them, therefore making it somewhat difficult to truly know who first came up with it. In one read I saw that it was once thought that the Sioux created them. However the confusion is now over. The Ojibwa nation are indeed the originators.

The dream catchers originally are supposed to rid us of bad dreams however the dream catcher later became a symbol of unity among the Native Americans.

Legend

There is a legend of the Ojibwa nation that mentions a woman that translates to mean Spider Woman. She began a long journey to fulfill a prophecy. Spider Woman took care of the children and the people of the land, it is said she still does so to this day. This journey made it difficult for her to do so and because of this the women began to make magical for the new babies. It is made into a circle to represent how the sun travels each day across the sky. It was meant to filter out all the bad dreams for only the good ones could reach us. The small whole that's located in the center of them is where those dreams may be able to come through. When the sun came up the bad dreams was said to vanish.

Dreams

Yes, the dream catcher is meant to aid in dreams and in my personal experience it does. I am not sure if this dream catcher is meant as some sort of amulet but that is what I use it for. Many Pagans and others of New Age beliefs use the dream catcher for many purposes. I use them still for my dreams. I find that they do in fact help. Prior to hanging them above me I do a cleansing ritual on one and I pray as well. I am not sure if that is what others do but it is something that I myself have picked up doing on my own. Some how it brings me peace.

Sadly dream catchers are overly commercialized in modern day. I am a deep collector and have plenty of them. I do not just collect them based on their looks. I collect them for the culture, for the legend behind them and for my own personal use. Hopefully people will actually try using them for what they were originally meant for again.

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susan54 5 years ago

cresentmoon2007,Great hub! I learn a lot on this hub thanks.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

you're welcome thank you for reading.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

My daughter grew up on the legends from every corner of the world...in one of the legend we had read about 'dream catcher' and she longed to have one, she has got one beautifully handmade by artisan from long lost tribe...she takes it wherever she goes...although she grew up from girl's skirt to a beautiful lady she still keep this special memory of her childhood's legends in her room...thank you for your beautiful hub:)


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you for sharing you daughter's story about her dream catcher. I am glad she still keeps it. Thank you for reading.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

A very interesting hub. I had often wondered about the origin of the dreamcatcher. What, in your opinion, makes a good dreamcatcher? As you rightly say there are so many on the market, all claiming to be authentic dream catchers, but you have to wonder at some of the ones you see, especially on line!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

There are certain websites that are specifically from tribes. However the ones that are truly authentic are the ones made out of elm wood. The original ones used to have a feather in the center area however the animals the feather came from are now illegal to hunt so the feathers are no longer allowed to be used. SO four gemstones can be used to place them. They will represent the four elements. Thank you for reading.


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

I just did a lesson on the Ojibwa and the dreamcatcher - I will need to share this with my students. Very informative and interesting - thank you for sharing.

My daughter has several in her bedroom....they are beautiful.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

missolive, I'd appreciate it if you did share it with your students. And that's great that she has several in her bedroom. I have a collection of them. Not all of them are the true ones. Some of them are ones mainly for commercial purposes but I still can't help but love them.


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

One of our textbooks has a guide on HOW TO make one and they have been wanting to make them. Perhaps I can include that the end of this week. They will be anxious about leaving for Thanksgiving - this just might be the perfect hands on activity for them. thanks again :)


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

you're welcome and that does sound like a great idea.


Tia 4 years ago

Does a dreamcatcher really work because I have been having all these weird dreams and these girl and boys who say they are real werewolves,vampires and witch is in my dreams. If they not in my dreams there is always wolves. And in those dreams I'm getting chase or clawed by them and yeah. :/ And in a way sometimes my dreams comes ture because the next day or week after i have my dream it happens.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

They do work if u have a real one... Know that when interpreting dreams of any kind of canines chasing after u and they are viscous means that u have enemies and unchangable misfortune. U may want to look into a dream interpretation book. U might find it interesting.


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gladiols 3 years ago from United States

Interesting! I have two of them without knowing the real meaning. I have them in my living room as ornaments for a couple of years. The way they were woven is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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Cresentmoon2007 3 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

You're welcome and thanks for reading.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia

Always been attracted to the native Americans' culture and beliefs, thank you for sharing, learnt something new, I actually have one dream catcher hanging from my ceiling in my bedroom brought to me by a friend Native American so my dreams are purified and I dream beautifully:)


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Cresentmoon2007 3 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thanks for reading I am glad you learned something new

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