After a long pause from any new posts, here comes the time to show you something new, something that I wanted to try for a long time. So, now I present to you my first try of making a Dream catcher.
The dream catcher you see above is the first one. For a long time I’ve been impressed and interested in these modern “decorations”. I’ve seen this thing in many forms – in the form of some kind of jewelry (even I have big earrings like dream catchers made from my friend), in various forms- not only perfectly round, different sizes, colours, beads, feathers…
So the first thing I’d like to share is some information from the history of this amulet, trinket, talisman, pendant and so on.
The dream catcher origins from the Native American-first nations tribe Ojibwe. It gathered power and “became famous” among different nations around the 1960s and 1970s. In the tribe’s language dream catcher actually means “dream snare“. This trinket symbolizes many things. The first that probably you all think of is like a protection from bad dreams. Yes, this is the main purpose of this weather-feathery tracery. The various Native-American nations made this thing like a spider web with a hole in the middle and feathers below. Through the hole passed the bad dreams and the good ones stick to the dreamcatcher’s web and fell down the feathers to the sleeping child. I use the word “child”, because as it occurs the dream catcher was something like a symbol of growing up, when the child matures and continues his path to adulthood.
The dream catcher is a protective charm made mainly from a rounded up branches from willow and sinew. so, as you can imagine, the original dream cather is not perfectly round like we see it today on various shops, booths and other places.
The dream catcher above is my second try. I made it from very thin wire, because I had nothing else and this time I braided beads and it came out very delicate and different from my first try.
Ther’s actually a very interesting legend about the origins of the dream catcher, that I’d like to share with you, but I think that therе’s no need for me to rewrite it so for anyone interested here’s a link.
Soon I’ll have new additions and I’ll share them with you, meantime you’re welcome to read all about these amulets, because the Native-American culture is very rich and interesting and this is a small part out of an ocean of history and wise men.
Have a great day!