What is a Native American dream catcher?

What is a dreamcatcher and what does it do?

Dream catchers were hung above the beds of sleeping children to protect them from bad dreams and evil spirits. Legends held that the spider web design of the dream catcher would allow good dreams to pass through and float down the hanging beads and feathers to sleeping children.

What makes a dreamcatcher authentic?

Authentic dream catchers are made with a wooden hoop, usually made out of willow, and often have sacred objects (beads, feathers) hanging beneath the center of the circle. Some have leather wrapped around the wooden portion which is often an indication of its authenticity.

Is it bad to have a dream catcher?

Now, a dream catcher can be seen as a symbol of unity between individuals and tribes. Many natives see them as a connection to their culture and a common sense of identity. When a person doesn’t understand or respect the meaning of a cultural symbol, using it becomes offensive and belittles its cultural importance.

Does a dreamcatcher actually work?

However dream catchers are believed to work, their underlying meaning and symbolism remain the same. They serve a protective purpose. Those who believe in dream catchers say that they act as a filter for dreams. They send good dreams to the sleeper and the bad dreams away.

What does it mean when a feather falls off a dreamcatcher?

The story has it that the good dreams would slip through the hole in the middle and slide down the feathers to fall on the individual sleeping (you are supposed to hang it above your bed). Thus the dreamcatcher is thought to protect the individual sleeping and bring spiritual dreams.

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