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Native American Culture Dream Catchers
Native American Dream Catchers
The Dream Catchers we create are all hand crafted from Honey Suckle Vines and Grape Vines and Willow.
We take pride in crafting them traditional and not using metal rings which are not traditional.
Each one is a one-of-a-kind because the dried Honey Suckle takes its own form when weaving the webbing.
Each has been cleansed the Traditional Way.
We use Turkey Feathers hand picked by us.
Annlee Cakes Native American Regalia and Crafts shares about Native Traditions and Culture as applied to Native Indian traditional and authentic natural vines dream catchers.
We go out and collect the vines. Remove the leaves and weave the body which forms the circle. Then we hang them to dry for about six months. After they are dried we weave the web work with sinew and decorate each one by how they form. Natural vine dream catchers each form they one-of-a-kind final look as the webbing is wound and crafted. No two are ever alike!
We are very Traditional in our creations.
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Note: The photo dream catcher is one we named "The Chicken" for that is how it formed when weaved and decorated and we did not notice until it was hung and displayed.
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ORAL TRADITION: Dream Catchers Story
"One day, a spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the great known grandmother.
Every day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in. "Nokomis-iya!" he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a stick and went to hit it.
"No-keegwa," the old lady whispered, "don't hurt him." "Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?" asked the little boy.
The old woman smiled, but did not respond right away. When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life.
He said to her, "For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift." He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went.
Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "See how I spin?" he said. "See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web."
One of the old Ojibwa traditions was to hang a dream catcher in their homes. They believe that the night air is filled with dreams.
Dream Catchers were originally made from Weeping Willow, Honey Suckle and Grape Vines.
Today many are made from metal rings wrapped with leather and decorated: While pretty, they are not traditional!
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Dream Catcher Tradition Handed Down: The Legend!
Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad brought by Spirits of the night. Many many moons ago the Great Spirit we know as the Creator sent a small animal to talk to us. We know that animal now as the Spider.
Spider talked to the First People and explained that at night spirits both good and bad roamed the Mother Earth for they forgot to Walk in Silence with The Creator. However, Spider gave the gift vision of creating a duplicate spider web and attaching a sacred feather to allow the dreams to slip on by the dreamer. This we now know as the Dream Catcher!
The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed in the air, catches the dreams as they are brought by the Spirits.. The good dream spirits know the secret granted by the Creator on how to pass through the dream catcher by simply slipping through the outer holes and then to slide off through the scared feathers so gently that at times the dreamer does not know that they were dreaming. The bad dream Spirits roaming the Mother Earth remain not knowing the secret way to slide through do get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the rising of new Sun and the start of the new day.