November 13, 2012

dream catch me....

the tale of the dream catcher..
In Native American culture, a dreamcatcher, the inanimate form of the word for "spider" is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with personal and sacred items such as feathers and beads.
Some consider the dream catcher a symbol of unity among the various Indian Nations, and a general symbol of identification with Native American or First Nations culture.
According to the Encyclopedia of Insects, spiders had a great impact on the Native American culture that related to dream catchers. Each tribe had a different significance relating the two. As for the Cherokee people, the spider brought fire. Na ashje'ii' Asdzaa was the "Spider Woman" in Navajo culture and taught the women in the culture how to weave, and she was the "core of creation" in Pueblo legend. In the Sioux Indian tribes the term dream catcher means "spun by a spider" and they are used to catch good dreams.
Even infants were provided with protective charms. Examples of these are the "spiderwebs" hung on the hoop of a cradle board and it was said that they "caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it."
Traditionally, the dreamcatchers were constructed by tying strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow. The resulting "dream-catcher", hung above the bed, is used as a charm to protect sleeping people from nightmares. via 
check out a great tutorial on how to make a doile dream catcher here!
......sweet dreams.
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