Dream catcher has been very popular and been known to everyone. The purpose of making a dream catcherDream Catchers: How to make Homemade Dream Catcher and Lucky Charm for your Home. Read more ... » is basically to catch bad spirit that bothers you. Many people believe that dream catcher is a wonderful gift given to all people not only to the Native Americans. Dream catcher is originated by the Native Americans. There is no clear information which Native American tribe started the creation of a dream catcher but assumed to be the Ojibway tribe based on the early evidences in the early twentieth century.
A dream catcher looks like a spider web.
According the Ojibway tradition, as the night falls, dreams and negative energies emerge and start to fill the air everywhere. The negative energy turns into dream to anyone to give special message from the spiritual world. Those dreams bring lessons and important messages to the people. Negative energies are also the cause of bad dreams which loiter around and there the work of a dream catcher follows. Dream catcher catches negative energies and bad dreams during the night. A dream catcher can be made of wood or willow hoop.
A spider was quietly spinning his web near the bed of grandmother. Every day she watches as the spider works its web. Several days later the grandson came in and saw that the grandmother was looking at a spider. He picked something up and went towards the spider to kill it.
Grandmother stopped him and said, “No, do not kill Iktome (the spider). Do not hurt him.”
The boy thought his grandmother as silly but respected her wishes even though she would not tell him why he should not kill the spider. After the boy left grandmother returned to watching Iktome.
Then the spider spoke, “Thank you. For days you have watched me work hard when spinning my web and you have obviously enjoyed watching my work. In return for saving my life I wish to give you something. In the full moon light I shall spin you a web in the window. Watch how I weave the web and learn, for the web I weave will catch all bad dreams and energies, entangling them in the web. The small hole in the middle will allow good dreams and energies to pass through to you.
When the full moon came grandmother sat at the open window and watched Iktome weave the magical web. Near dawn Iktome finished the web. Grandmother smiled as she looked at the weaving, she thanked the spider for giving her such a wonderful gift. As she drifted off to sleep she heard the spider say, “Learn”.
The gratitude and love of grandmother and Iktome touched the hearts of the ancestors and they added to Iktomes gift as grandmother slept.
As the morning came beautiful dew drops formed on the web and the gentle breeze of sister wind blew small dove feathers to dance lightly at the bottom of the webbing. Raven placed a long feather on the sill.
As grandmother opened her eyes, Father Sun shown on the web and made the dew drops sparkle in the light.
We thank grandmother, Iktome, and our ancestors for giving us this blessed gift from the Spirit world!