Today on the Blog, we talk about Dream Catchers.
Have you ever wondered what dream catchers really are?
For many, the dream catcher holds much intrigue with their beautiful feathers and designs. There are various sizes and materials used to make them in current times, however traditionally they are made from willow, feathers and fine sinew string. The history of the dream catcher is unique and is part of the culture from the Native American Indians.
Dream Catcher Lore:
Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way, get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.
Here is a beautiful story for you:
LEGEND OF THE DREAMCATCHER
The legend relates that spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, a Native American grandmother. Each day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away, and one day as she was watching the spider, her grandson came in.
“Nokomis-iya!” he shouted, upon seeing the spider. He stomped over to it, picked up a shoe and went to hit it.
“No-keegwa” the old lady whispered, “don’t hurt him.”
“Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?” asked the little boy.
The old lady smiled, but did not answer. When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life.
He said to her, “For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift.” He smiled and moved away, spinning as he went. Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. “See how I spin?” He said. “See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web”.
We stock a large range of dream catchers in varying sizes. If you would like more information, please call the shop on 02 9785 0798 or visit us at Shop 1/3 Revesby Place, Revesby NSW.
Dream catchers can also be ordered online. Click the link to our online shop. http://shop.jopo.com.au/categories/Native-American-Items/