Dreamcatchers Of The Ojibwa Nation
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.
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.
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.
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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