Dream catcher beautiful native American amulet
One of the clichés and stereotypes related to native American culture is a Dream Catcher , or Dreamcatcher. I’m sure many have seen in souvenir shops these hoops with spiderweb in the center, covered with God knows what. Because most of these Souvenirs are made in China, they acquired a national character – dream catchers supplemented with Chinese coins with red silk knots good luck, etc. But nothing in common with the native American with Dream Catchers these Souvenirs do not have. Except that the shape is similar…
Dream catcher beautiful native American amulet
The circle has long been many peoples religious symbol, executed a special power and meaning. A round shape echoed by many subjects related to religion and mythology. One of these items has become a Dream Catcher.
Initially, the manufacturer of Dream Catchers has been a tradition of the Ojibwe people. They have two possible names of different geographical origin: Asubakacin – «like the web» and Bwaajige Ngwaagan – «the dream catcher».
In the 60-70-ies of XX century in the Wake of «panendeism» movement of dream Catchers began to spread among the other tribes and now it is the most common souvenir, which often do not have any concrete values – only the easily recognizable shape and pseudo-Indian design – more colorful beads and painted feathers. Dream catchers caught on and in the environment of the new age.
The meaning and purpose of the Dream Catcher different Indian peoples. So the Ojibwe Dream Catcher «filters» dreams, missing only pleasant and kind. Scary recurring dreams entangled in its web and with the first rays of the sun fall apart.
Here’s how to explain the emergence and appointment of the Ojibwe Dream Catcher legend.
A long time ago the Ojibwe people lived on Turtle Island (as some native American peoples called America). Grandmother Spider, Arabicas, cared about their children, the people of the earth, but when the Ojibwe people spread to the four corners of North America, Usabecause it became difficult to travel to each cradle, and then she taught women to weave magical webs for little kids, of willow and sinew or thread from plants. Round Dreamcatcher symbolised the daily journey of the sun across the sky, the number of places where the web connects to the Hoop is eight, meaning eight legs of Grandmother spider. Spider on the Hoop catching the bad dreams, and through a small hole in the center passed to children only pleasant dreams and good thoughts. This is when you will see little Arabicas, it is not necessary to frighten her – to respect and protect her as she protects you from bad dreams.
By tradition, the center of the Dream Catcher tied the feather, symbolizing the breath, air – the most important thing in life. But not just any pen fit for Dreamcatcher. For example, an owl’s feather tied to the attainment of wisdom, and it was female, the eagle feather, which was considered men’s for Dutch courage.
Dream catchers made of a thin rod of willow and sinew of the Ojibwe did for children. They were not designed for long term use and it has its own philosophy. Over time the willow has dried out and the tension of the tendons broke the Hoop. It symbolized the transience of youth. Hoop for adults to do several interwoven rods or from a single but strong.
The Lakota, unlike the ojibwa believe that the Dreamcatcher catches good thoughts and dreams, and missing out on all the negative.
Here’s the legend about the origin of the Dream Catcher have with the Lakota.
Long ago, when the world was young, the shaman was high in the mountains, and he received the vision. In this vision before him stood the Spider, Iktomi, the Great Shaman and Teacher of Wisdom and spoke to him. During the conversation, Iktomi raised willow Hoop elders, to which were attached feathers, ponytail, beads and began to spin a web. He told the old shaman that throughout our life we face many forces and some of them are us harm, and some, conversely, can help. If you listen to good forces, opens them, they will gladly help you go in the right direction. But if your choice turns out to be wrong – you could get hurt.
When Iktomi finished his speech, he gave the shaman the cobwebs and said,
– This web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help his people to achieve goals, drawing from a source of visions and dreams. If you trust the Great Spirit the web will catch the good ideas, and the evil will pass through the hole.
The old shaman gave a vision to his people, and since many of the Indians hung a Dream Catcher above their bed to sift dreams and visions. Kind are caught in the web of life and saved people, and evil is separated from dreams, slipping through a hole in the middle of the web, and cease to be a part of their lives.
At Cheyenne there was even a special type of sacred shields. Stone Forehead – Keeper of the Sacred Arrows – once learned in a vision how to make four shields in the form of Holy Mesh Wheels. The Cheyenne believe that the circle means immortality, for as the circle, the Creator has no beginning and no end. Thus, in the manufacture of the four Holy shields, which revealed to him in a dream, the Stone Forehead is reproduced in the form most sacred Mesh Wheels. These shields are called Oksam Hove and had such tremendous power that they could not take no bullet, no arrow, despite the fact that they did not have Buffalo skin.
In Lakota these boards were called «Tok a». They were made on the basis of the vision of this most Iktomi, and took the form of a Hoop with a web of eight Sacred Mesh Wheels fastened to a wooden Hoop of each of the shields. From the Hoop hung eagle feathers, forming a second circle around the sacred circle, what was the shield. They have no tires Buffalo leather. Its not necessary, as the boards got their powers from Iktomi-the Spider, and the Spider has a great power: he weaves his web, and it can’t break bullets or arrows. They can only pass through it harmlessly. Thus, Iktomi-the Spider has the power to protect people from harm. His power is so great that four shields with cobwebs, which he opened, was able to take away the guns of the enemy, even despite the fact that their front part was only the web.
If you suddenly want to make yourself a Dream Catcher, here is a diagram of how to weave. Just do not overdo it – do not pull too tight. And yet – in the diagram, each number is shown as if it is woven separately, but in fact the whole web is woven by a single thread in a spiral.