There is a beautiful Ojibwe legend about a mystical-maternal Spider Woman, the spiritual protector of the tribe. She was taking care, especially of babies and children.
As the Ojibwe tribe started to grow and spread out across the land, it became difficult for the Spider Woman to protect and watch over all members of the tribe as they migrated farther away.
So, she created the first dreamcatcher to protect them. The Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher means "spider," referring to the web that covers the hoop. Mothers and grandmothers, following the Spider Woman's example, recreated the maternal keepsake protecting their families.
You've probably seen dreamcatchers hanging from a tree, on a wall or on a porch. They usually consist of a small wooden hoop covered in a net of natural fibers, with meaningful sacred feathers and beads attached, hanging down from the bottom of the hoop.
Dreamcatchers were traditionally used as powerful talismans for sleeping people, usually children, protecting them from bad dreams and nightmares. Native Americans believe that the night is filled with good and bad dreams. Dream catchers were hung over the beds to ward off bad dreams.
According to their belief, good dreams pass through the hole in the center of the web and flow down the feathers to the sleeping person while the bad dreams are caught in the web and dissolve in the daylight. The parts of the authentic Native American dreamcatcher have a meaning related to the natural world.
Traditional dreamcatchers are handmade only from natural materials. The hoops are made of a bent Red Willow branch covered in stretched sinews. Wrapping the frame in leather is also common for authentic dreamcatchers. I was amazed by the beauty of these beautiful and misterious talismans since I was a child and I'm glad that I can share my passion for them with my customers.
Finding authentic dreamcatchers is not easy. Many dreamcatchers are for sale today. However, many of them are oversized and made of cheap materials. At Village Rock Shop we offer beautifully crafted dreamcatchers made in a variety of different materials, sizes and styles:
You can buy these dreamcatchers in our shop in Carlsbad, or you can order them in our webshop.