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Winter Count: History Seen from a Native
American Tradition -
The history of
dream catchers has nearly been
lost in the
turmoil of cultural mixing and destruction that followed on the heels of the
European invasion. Dream-catcher history is known with some credibility due
to the dedicated field work of
Frances Densmore at the beginning of
the last century. She traveled from her home in Red Wing, Minnesota to
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota just south of the White Earth Indian Reservation
where she set up a recording studio in the back of a music shop. For five
years she recorded the music of the Ojibwe for the Smithsonian Institute
Bureau of American Ethnology. Her careful and extensive
study of many Native
American cultures including that of the Ojibwe (also known as Chippewa)
living in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
Bulletin 86, plate 24 from the Smithsonian Institute Bureau of American
Ethology is a photograph of an early, authentic Ojibwe dream catcher and on
pages 51, 53, and 113 she described articles looking like spider webs that
were usually hung from the hoop of a child's cradle board. She said that
'they catch and hold everything evil as a spider's web catches and holds
everything that comes into contact with it'. These original 'dream catchers' were
wooden hoops with a 3 1/2 in. diameter, woven with a web made of
nettle-stalk fiber that was dyed red with the red sap of the root of
bloodroot or the inner bark of the wild plum tree. This information can be
found in her book, Chippewa Customs, published by the Minnesota
Historical Society Press (St. Paul) in 1929 and reprinted in 1979. A
facsimile of this
spider web dream catcher can be seen at the
Mille Lacs Indian Museum on the Mille
Lacs Indian Reservation in central Minnesota.
spider web dream catcher shown below
right is very similar to the original dream-catcher that has been a
tradition for a very long
time. It is about 3 ˝ inches across, made of red willow gathered in early
spring when it is the brightest color. Feathers were often added so that the
parents could see the good dreams slipping down the softness of the
feathers. We use 8 turns around the spiral to represent the number of legs
of the spider, and a single stone in the center represents Asibikaashi, the
spider. The seven points or rays
represent the Seven Fires, the seven prophecies brought to the Anishinabeg
by the Seven Prophets. In our
dream catcher weaving kits you can find the
materials and instructions for weaving this classic gift for the newborn.
For many years, only Ojibwe people made dream- catchers as each tribe made
only its original crafts. In the mid 70’s, dream-catcher earrings became
popular and many people of other tribes began to make dream-catchers. Not
knowing how to weave the spider web or not wanting to take the extra time
needed they chose the mid-point weaving style of the hoop and stick game instead
of the end-point weave of the ancient spider web dream-catcher. Many people, not knowing
the significance of the twig or not being able to find the beautiful red
willow of the northern woodlands, began to use metal rings wound with
leather or string. The thread of tradition was lost. Now in the time of
the Seventh Fire, and the traditions are being returned to the people.
common dream-catcher weave seen today is the traditional weave used for
other articles, most commonly the hoop for the hoop and stick game of many
tribes. Woven with strong rawhide with a hole in the center, a child would
roll the hoop along the ground and another would try to throw a wooden spear
through the hole in the center. Stories of the dream-catcher legend that
describe the dreams going through a center hole are of recent origin. The
original dream-catcher had a very tiny hole in the center and the legend
describes ALL dreams being caught in the weaving. Each tribe
and clan, however, has its own oral tradition and memory. Passing along
that memory by storytelling has not been easy with the traditional culture
challenged, the tribal languages fallen into disuse, and poverty, drugs, and
conflicting values have created a climate of fear, anger, despair, and
confusion. Now there are many legends of the dream-catcher from many
different Native American cultures. Sometimes Anishinabeg tell the story of
the Lakota dreamcatcher with the "Shinob" traditional
spider web, and Lakota tell the "Shinob" story with their "Lakota"
dream-catcher. Authenticity is
difficult, if not impossible, given the intermarriage among many tribes,
with non-Indians, and the loss of the continuity historically provided by
traditional elders. I have encountered more than a few traditional elders
who wanted to learn how to weave Dream-Catchers but they could find no one
in their community who would or could teach them how to weave the ancient
designs of their culture. They had come to me. Read how in
The Stories Dream Catchers Weave.
In 1996 I taught Ojibwe people at the
Rediscovery Center on the White Earth Reservation how to weave their
traditional dream-catcher and, with the elders, was given gifts and danced
the honors dance. These Dream-Catchers and instructions to weave them are
now available here, in many stores and galleries world wide and at the
Museum of Ojibwe Culture in St. Ignace, Michigan.
Imagine cooking without tomatoes or peppers, a picnic without potato salad,
a world without canoes or hammocks, or representative government or the
equality of women. These are the some of the many contributions of Native
American cultures that flourished long before Columbus got lost on his
voyage to the Orient. Perhaps you can get along without corn, beans,
squash, or wild rice. Some families cannot imagine a night without dream
catchers. "Ever since I made a dream catcher for my daughter she hasn't
complained of bad dreams. My son even takes his Dream Catcher with him when
we go on vacation," a mother volunteered a few years ago. For thousands of
years Native Americans have woven dream-catchers to provide dreams of
goodness and beauty for their children. Yet the dream-catcher is not for
After teaching several
how to weave dreamcatchers, I developed
with illustrated instruction
books. A man in Pennsylvania gave one to his mother who worked in a nursing
home. She wove it for an old Jewish man who had survived the Nazi
camps but not the nightmares of those times. She gave it to him and told
legend of the dream-catcher.
nightmares did not return. He lived to the end of his life in peace.
Many people have told me how much their
dream-catchers have changed their life, especially their capacity to dream
and to dream beautiful dreams. I would like to hear your stories, too.
With your permission I will post them here. The Dream Catchers
Wove Me. See
The Stories Dream Catchers Weave.
Before use, the dream-catcher is often
cleansed in a ceremony of purification by passing it through the smoke of
sage ceremony. Sometimes, if the dream-catcher is not in a well-lit room, it becomes overloaded with energies that
need to be cleared. For me, each breath is a prayer and so each dream-catcher is woven with the energies of love and blessing.
I've taken dream-catcher design and wisdom
teachings where spirit has led me.
Catherine Sundvall has added Cherokee
basket weaving numerology wisdom teachings in her designs for a very
personalized dream-catcher. She, too, walks in two worlds with grace and
beauty. May you walk in beauty and harmony with all beings and soar with the
White Eagle Soaring: Dream Dancer of the 7th Fire
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Art and Culture of the Seventh Fire
Dream-Catchers are wisdom-teachers. If you learn to
listen, they will take YOU on a journey of wonder and revelations, too.
Illusions are stripped away and new ways are revealed. The real
Dream-Catchers of the Seventh Fire are
waiting for you. Come into the realm of Real Dream-Catchers. See with eyes of spirit,
listen with your heart and soar with the White Eagle.
statements on www.real-dream-catchers.com have not been evaluated by the FDA.
These dream catchers are not intended to diagnose nor treat nor cure any
disease or illness. Neither are dreamcatchers, the dream catcher, nor any
In accordance with Title 17
U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who
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research and educational purposes.
© 2007, Allen Aslan Heart / White Eagle Soaring of the Little Shell Pembina Band, a
Tribe of the Ojibwe Nation.