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Dream-Catchers teach the wisdoms of the Seventh Fire, an Ojibwe Prophecy, that is being fulfilled at this moment. The Light-skinned Race is being shown the result of the Way of the Mind and the possibilities that reside in the Path of the Spirit. Real Dream-Catchers point the way

Dream Catchers have a heritage and that includes their Seventh Fire wisdom teachings. DreamCatchers are more than tourist curiosities. A DreamCatcher is a Teacher. A Dreamcatcher is a heritage.

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History of Dream-Catchers

Ojibwe infant in cradle board on the White Earth Indian ReservationThe 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.

In 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 traditional spider web dream catcher can be seen at the

 museum building at Mille Lacs Indian Museum

Mille Lacs Indian Museum on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation in central Minnesota. 

 The 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 raysSpider Web Dreamcatcher of the Seventh Fire 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. 

Power of the Circle dream catcherThe 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 children alone.

After teaching several thousand people how to weave dreamcatchers, I developed dream-catcher weaving kits 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 work camps but not the nightmares of those times.  She gave it to him and told him the legend of the dream-catcher His 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 smoldering sage--the 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.

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twin flame dreamcatchers

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angel dreamcatcher

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dreamafterdream dreamcatcher

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four directions dreamcatcher

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marriage dreamcatcher

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Dream Catchers 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.

Disclaimer: The 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 dreamcatcher.

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© 2007, Allen Aslan Heart / White Eagle Soaring of the Little Shell Pembina Band, a Treaty Tribe of the Ojibwe Nation.