Psalms 145:5 – I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
In the past fifty years, the dreamcatcher tradition has been adopted by a number of Native American tribes, However, dreamcatchers are unique to the Ojibwe. Over time, when other Native American tribes adopted the dream catcher tradition, the legends and stories of its origins varied. Although the origins of dream catchers are uncertain, because of the harm done to Native American cultures by European colonizers, they are believed to have originated with the Ojibwe tribe of Native Americans, but the tradition has spread when disjointed groups of Native American tribes came together during the 1960s and 1970s (known as the Pan-Indian movement).
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
While dreamcatchers continued to be used traditionally within their communities and cultures of origin, a derivative form of dreamcatcher was also adopted by the Pan-Indian movement in the 1960s and 1970s, either as a symbol of unity between different Native American cultures, or a shared symbol of identity with Native American or Indigenous cultures. Many others came to view genuine Native American Dreamcatchers as yet another form of cultural appropriation, being over-commercialized, and sometimes insultingly misappropriated and abused by non-Natives.
Isaiah 55:12 – For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
In the modern era, especially during the American Indian Movement (AIM) of the 1960s and 70s, when the Pan-Indian mentality was developing in the U.S., many other tribes adopted the dream catcher concept and integrated it into their culture as a way of maintaining traditional spirituality. During the pan-Indian movements in the late twentieth century, as many indigenous peoples sought unity to maintain cultural stability, dream catchers became widely associated with many different Native tribes and nations.
Psalms 69:34 – Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
Dream catchers were passed from the Ojibwa Chippewa Tribe to the Lakota Tribe via intermarriage and trade. The Lakota tribe, also known as the Teton Sioux, has their own history and origin stories for dreamcatchers, but most ethnographers now believe dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe, a Native American nation of what is currently Southern Canada and northern Midwest U.S.
The Ojibwe and Lakota each have their own legends regarding the dreamcatcher, but both North American tribes focused on the transmission of dreams to the advantage of children. Two North American tribes, the Ojibwe (formerly known as the Chippewa) and Lakota Ojibwe (formerly known as the Lakota), constructed the dreamcatcher in order to keep the worst dreams from affecting a person, while simultaneously capturing the best dreams and channeling this energy to that persons life.
The Ojibwe cultures, who were so keenly aware of the importance of dreams, particularly for children, attempted to aid a childs ability to have good dreams while filtering out the darker or negative dreams by using dreamcatchers.
Nehemiah 9:6 – Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
The Ojibwe started the dreamcatcher, and as time went on, other tribes, cultures, and even nations adopted dream catchers. In the process of becoming popular outside of the Ojibwe nation, and later the Pan-Indian community, different types of dream catchers, many with few similarities to the traditional styles, and including materials not traditionally used, are now being made, displayed, and sold by groups and individuals of new ages. As the popularity of the dreamcatchers among New Age groups increased beginning in the 1970s, some unscrupulous craftspeople sold their products as genuine Native American crafts, marketing them, for instance, as being made by one specific tribe.
Protective fetishes (objects believed to possess special powers) occur in a number of Native cultures, but the dream catchers commonly associated with Native American culture originated with the Ojibwe (Chickpewa) Culture.
Genuine Native American dream catchers usually consist of a small wooden hoops covered in a tight, natural-fiber web, or web, and attached with significant sacred objects such as feathers and wooden beads that dangle down from the bottom of the hoops. Dream catchers may incorporate feathers and beads, traditionally suspended on the tops of the headstones, serving as a form of protection and armour. Traditionally, a dreamcatcher is suspended above the crib or bed, acting as a protective device.
They help trapped dreams in a spiderweb slide down gently onto whoever is sleeping underneath. Because bad dreams are confusing as well as chaotic, they are caught by a dreamcatchers web.
Psalms 102:25 – Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
Many people believe the dreamcatcher traps bad dreams inside the web, and that good dreams are filtering out through the holes, gems, or beads at its center. Some people believe dreams are glimpses of other worlds, and they use a dreamcatcher as a means of entering these realms mindfully.
According to one legend, a dreamcatcher is designed to catch bad dreams within a spiderweb, allowing the good dreams to pass through the holes, beads, or gemstones at the centre of the spiderweb. The good dreams find their way to the center, through the feathers, and onto the sleeping person whom the dreamcatcher is protecting. The Lakota believed good dreams were caught in the spiderwebs, almost like being plucked from the air, then carried to the owner of the dreamcatcher the rest of their day.
Genesis 1:10 – And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
While the two traditions differ, they both stress using a dreamcatcher to catch dream energy, allowing only good dreams to influence the individual. According to a Lakota tribal legend, a dreamcatcher was created to capture good ideas and catch them within a net to prevent them from getting lost. That is why you will want to purchase your dreamcatchers from a traditional Native American crafter — you will find them sold throughout Indian territories across the U.S. and Canada, simply search out the tribal gift shops, or go to Native American events to learn more about the culture behind them, too.