"Dreamcatchers" were adopted in the Pan Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of unity among the various Native American Culture.Traditionally they are often hung over cradles as protection.It originates in 'Ojibwe' culture as the "spider web charm" - a hoop with woven string or sinew meant to replicate a spider's web, used as a protective charm for infants.
Acording to the Ojibwe legend the "spiderwebs" protective charms originate with 'Spider Woman' known as Asibikaashi; who takes care of the children and the people on the land. As the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children.So the mothers and grandmothers weave webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The Ojibwa believe that a dreamcatcher filters a person's dreams. Bad dreams are caught in the web, to be burned away by the morning sun, while good dreams are guided through a small hole in the center, and then to the feathers and into the sleeper's head.
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