Dreamcatchers became very popular during the 1980s and have become very common crafts, jewellery and images on home decoration items. Originally, they are made from a wooden hoop, usually willow, over which a net or strip is woven with natural fibres. They usually have feathers and beads hanging from the hoop. This Mini Dreamcatcher is a faithful representation of its thousand-year-old ancestors.
THE MEANING OF THIS MINI DREAM CATCHER
The meaning of dream catchers and the beliefs surrounding their construction originate from Native American cultures. The dream catcher is a protective talisman used to protect people from nightmares and bad dreams. The charm was typically used for young children and hung over their cots or beds.
Native American cultures believe that good and bad dreams fill the air at night. The dream catcher acts like a spider's web, capturing bad dreams while allowing good ones to filter through. The bad dreams caught in the web are destroyed when the morning sun hits the dream catcher, while the good dreams filter through the feathers and gently reach the sleeping person below.
Dream catchers can also be seen as apotropaic charms that offer protection against all forms of perverse influence, not just bad dreams and nightmares. Some cultures, such as the Lakota, believe that dreamcatchers work slightly differently, their legend stating that good dreams or ideas would be trapped in the web, while bad ones would pass through the hole in the centre and be lost forever.
This mini dream catcher will help you remember your dreams and goals wherever you go, whether it's in the car, with the mini dream catcher hanging from the rear view mirror or hanging from your jeans.
THE SHAPE OF THIS MINI DREAM CATCHER
Each section of the mini dream catcher shape has a specific meaning.
The circular frame symbolises Mother Earth and all that sustains life. Its circular shape also represents the continuous flow of life as there is no beginning or end. As well as representing the circle of life, it also symbolises how the sun and moon pass through the sky every day in a loop.
The web or network of the mini dream catcher is intricately woven into the frame to mimic the appearance of a spider's web. The circle in the centre of the web is its heart and is the place where good dreams and visions pass.
There are different meanings behind the beads on the dream catchers. Some cultures believe that the beads represent the spider, while others claim that they are the physical form of good dreams that have failed to cross the web and become refined charms.
THE STORY BEHIND THIS MINI DREAMCATCHER
ACCORDING TO THE OBJIWE TRIBE
Dreamcatchers originated in Native American cultures, specifically the Ojibwe tribe. The Ojibwe led the asaclikeshiinh , which means "spider". According to legend, a spider woman named Asibikaashi took care of all the people and children in their territory, but as the tribe grew, it became more and more difficult for her to protect everyone.
As she could not go to all the children at night and protect them from bad influences, she was helped by the mother figures of the tribe. Ojibwe mothers and grandmothers made dream catchers by weaving webs on willow cloth and hanging them over each child's bed to trap bad dreams and nightmares.
ACCORDING TO THE LAKOTA TRIBE
The Lakota tribe has a different legend about the origin of dream catchers, but it is believed that the charms were passed down in various ways from the Ojibwe tribe. In Lakota legend, a spiritual leader had a vision of Iktomi , a teaching spirit, who took the form of a cob .
Iktomi took the willow hoop from the spirit leader and began to weave a web on it as he spoke. He spoke about the circle of life and told the chief that there are good and evil forces at play in a life cycle. If you listen to the good ones, you will be directed in the right direction, but the bad forces would cause damage.
When his web was finished, Iktomi showed the spiritual leader that it was a perfect circle with a hole in the middle. He said that good ideas would end up on the web while bad ideas would go all the way to the end. The spiritual leader took this knowledge back to his people who began to use dream catchers to filter their dreams and capture all the good ones and let the bad ones go.
IN MODERN TIMES
In modern times, some Native American cultures used dream catchers as a symbol of unity within the Pan-Indian movement of the 1960s-1970s. Dreamcatchers became known as "native crafts" and became popular souvenirs.
However, these dreamcatchers are a far cry from traditional dreamcatchers as they are often quite large, colourful and made from plastic and other artificial materials, whereas traditional dreamcatchers are usually quite small and made from wood, leather, string and real feathers. Many Native American cultures believe that they are overly commercialised, misused and that their meaning has been lost.
This mini dream catcher is one of the most popular in its category due to its faithful representation retaining the ancestral meaning of this magical object.
Composition: High quality organic material
Diameter: 3.5 cm
Length: 9 cm