Even people who don't have an Indian Dreamcatcher hanging on their wall have at least heard of them. That's because in the past, during the 20th century, they became a reference in spirituality and interior design throughout the West, especially thanks to the New Age movement which made them a symbol of peace.
But did you know that Indian Dreamcatchers are amulets from the Native American culture originally created to protect dreamers from nightmares? Few people know the significance of the Indian dream catcher. In addition to being beautiful handmade decorative pieces, Native American dreamcatchers are mystical and spiritual talismans that carry powerful symbols.
WHAT IS AN INDIAN DREAM CATCHER?
A POINT OF DEFINITION
An Indian dream catcher is a decorative object, traditionally handmade from willow branches, beads, feathers and weaving. The feathers corresponded to the personality that the owner wished to obtain, the owl feathers represented wisdom, while those of the eagle represented courage.
Their size could go from 20 cm to more than one meter, but their appearance always had the same criteria of manufacture.
ITS ORIGINAL FUNCTION
The Dreamcatcher is a circle-shaped object, usually made of wood with threads intertwined inside, forming a kind of spider's web. From these threads come feathers that hang from the bottom, outside the circle. In addition, there are small beads hanging from the web, inside the circle.
Traditionally, the Indian Dreamcatcher was made of weeping willow fibers and covered with strips of leather by the Objiwes and Dakota Native peoples. In fact, it was they who introduced the tradition of Native American Dreamcatchers to American culture and later to the entire world.
It is not surprising that each element of the Indian Dreamcatcher has a mystical and spiritual meaning and function. Indeed, the main purpose of this amulet is to protect people's minds while they sleep, purifying negative energies to prevent nightmares from reaching them.
Thus, according to Native American legend, the Indian Dreamcatcher should be placed in a place where the sun shines, preferably near a window or next to the bed. The reason is that Native Americans believe that it filters dreams and that the sun's rays eliminate nightmares trapped by the threads of the cloth.
In this way, if you suffer from bad dreams, according to the legend you can count on this amulet to have more peace during sleep.
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE INDIAN DREAM CATCHER
Each element of this amulet, from the circle to the intertwined threads, from the feathers to the hanging beads, has an important meaning.
The circle: symbolizing the natural cycle of life, it is made of wood or another natural source. It also represents the power of the sun and the moon as they move across the sky each day and night.
The web: located in the center of the dream filter, the web is made to purify energies and prevent the entrance of nightmares.
The feathers: representing wisdom, the feathers of the dream filter are used to direct good dreams to the dreamers.
The beads: symbolizing the original spider itself, the beads are the bad dreams that have gotten stuck in the dream catcher never to be disturbed
WHAT IS IT FOR?
There are two Native American legends about the function of the real Indian Dreamcatcher. The Native Americans consider it to be a protective shield against nightmares and negative energies.
However, there are some differences as to the ancestral origins and purposes of this traditional decoration.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE OJIBWE LEGEND?
For the Objiwe of North America, spiders are considered symbols of protection. Thus, according to legend, there was the "spider woman", a mystical and maternal figure who spiritually protected the souls of the tribe, mainly children and babies.
Over time, the tribes began to spread across America and, as a result, the "spider woman" began to have difficulty continuing to protect their children. Therefore, she had the bright idea of creating webs in the form of a Dreamcatcher so that the Indians could take their protection wherever they went.
Like the "spider woman", the Ojiwe mothers made the Indian Dream Catcher and hung it next to their children's beds. When they left home as adults, they took the dream filters made by their mothers to protect their dreams.
WHAT DOES DAKOTA LEGEND SAY IT IS FOR?
The Dakota people believe that the true Traditional Indian Dreamcatcher holds the fate of the tribe's future in its web. Thus, according to ancestral legend, the mystical shamanic figure Iktomi appeared in the form of a spider and spinning his web, explained his vision to a Dakota spiritual leader.
Speaking of the life cycle - in which we begin as children, gain independence in adult life, and end up the elderly who depend on the care of children - Iktomi said that in each phase there are good and bad forces that affect us. These forces can promote or interfere with the natural harmony of life.
As he reaches the center of his web, Iktomi leaves a hole and explains to the Dakota people that it is necessary to know how to use these forces in conjunction with dreams, visions and good ideas to achieve their goals. Then he says that all bad ideas and energies will pass through the hole while the good ones will be caught by the webs of the Native American Dreamcatcher.
WHY CHOOSE AN INDIAN DREAM CATCHER?
There are many reasons to choose an Indian dream catcher, here are the main reasons to buy this legendary object.
FOR A SUCCESSFUL DECORATION
The Indian models are very popular thanks to their ability to embellish an interior and to give a zen aspect to a room or to an outside environment. Their traditional look allows them to be the central decorative element of a room.
Very colorful, they brighten up a room in an instant, especially the larger models that even manage to decorate a terrace or a garden like no other object can.
In addition, they come in many colors to fit all types of decor.
TO MAKE THE CHILDREN SLEEP
Children often can't sleep because of their very imaginative minds that make them have nightmares and prevent them from sleeping well.
By telling them the story of the dream catcher, and its ability to eliminate nightmares, you will reassure their troubled minds and get them to sleep well.
Giving an Indian dream catcher as a gift is always a good idea, as there is no chance that it will end up in the trash.
It is also a very popular item during the Christmas season.
WHERE TO PLACE A REAL INDIAN DREAM CATCHER?
There are many places to hang an Indian dream catcher, here are the main places to hang your Indian dream catcher.
FACING A WINDOW
As mentioned before, it is recommended to hang the Indian Dream Catcher next to a window where the sun shines in the morning. Indeed, according to the legend, the sun's ray has the power to dissipate the energies and the bad dreams that got stuck in the web. There is nothing better than starting the day with this purification, right?
However, according to Native American tradition, the ideal is to place a Handcrafted Indian Dreamcatcher on the bed or crib, above the dreamer. In this way, sleep will be protected from nightmares and negative vibrations. Moreover, it has a powerful purifying effect that erases from the mind not only bad dreams, but also visions, ideas and pessimistic thoughts.
BEHIND THE BED
People usually place it behind the bed, on the wall. This is a location that ensures successful integration into the initial decor.
It is the ideal location to reassure children who have nightmares, acting as a protective spirit right above them.
Do you have a small yard or patio? With a Native American dream catcher, you have the ideal outdoor decoration object, especially in summer when it will quiver in the wind.
HOW TO CHOOSE A REAL INDIAN DREAM CATCHER?
We offer more than a hundred Traditional Dreamcatchers, it is therefore difficult to make a choice, here are the main factors to consider:
This element must be taken into account because it is the one that will dress the interior decoration of a room. The color will have a fundamental impact on the atmosphere of the room.
The warm colors: It allows to dynamize a room. Shades range from red to yellow.
Cold colors: They bring relaxation and comfort. Blue and green are the most popular
Neutral colors: The easiest to arrange and easily highlight other elements of the decor. An Indian Dream Catcher in Black, Grey or White will bring this effect.
Some of our Indian Dream Catchers measure 40 cm while our Dream Catchers Giant one measures 150 cm. If you want to make it the main decorative element of your room, choose a Large Indian Dreamcatcher. Opt for a smaller model for a softer decoration.
A real Native American Dreamcatcher must be able to be kept in perfect condition for 10 years. Choose a model made of wicker or organic material which offer the best longevity.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Choosing it from us means benefiting from many advantages that other online shops do not provide.
A VERY LARGE CHOICE
Choosing a dream catcher in our shop means having hundreds of high quality models in all styles to ensure you make the best choice. It also means avoiding the third party sellers of traditional marketplaces, not always serious and often offering few products.
The dreamcatchers in our shop are very beautiful, and change from the seen and seen-again models you can find in other online or even physical shops.
For our most popular models, a complete description is provided so that you can have an overview of what the Indian dream catcher in question offers and to help you in your choice.
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