with good and bad dreams, and that our destiny and life decisions depend on what dreams come into subconsciousness during the night.
Part of the tradition is to hang the dream catcher, hand-knitted ring, twisted with a spider-like grid, on the cradle in which the child sleeps or above the bed of an adult.
Each, even the slightest motion of a feather, would mean the passing of another beautiful dream, which was also entertaining for the child that lied beneath it.
It was believed that such a catcher allows good ones, and stops bad dreams. Originally, the dream catchers appeared in the tribe ‘Ojibva’, which is the western branch of the ‘Chippewa’ Indians.
Later, the dream catchers were taken over by some other tribes, and they were also made by the first people of Canada. The tradition especially spread after the pan-Indian movement in the 1960s.
Traditionally, they were made of the branches of the red willow, and the nettle stems were used to knit the net. The branches were collected ...Continue on the next page...