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Dreamcatchers are beautiful pieces of artwork that are also a huge symbol for the indigenous culture used to protect you from nightmares
While it is possible to make your own dreamcatcher, buying from Indigenous owned business or Indigenous artists who create them is better.
Anyone can own dreamcatchers.
To get your very own dreamcatcher, you can either purchase it from an Indigenous person who makes them, buy it from Indigenous owned businesses, or even make one yourself!
There are multiple types of dreamcatcher but the single hoop dreamcatcher, multi-ring dreamcatcher, medicine wheel dreamcatcher, sacred medicine dreamcatcher, and beaded dreamcatcher are the most common dreamcatcher styles
Smudging the dreamcatcher is a way to sacredly bless it and allow it to work in the way that it should, encouraging you to only remember the good dreams that you have.
When it comes to smudging your dreamcatcher, all you need is sage, an abalone shell if you have loose leaf sage, the dreamcatcher that needs to be cleansed, and maybe a feather if you have one.
To start smudging your dreamcatcher, waft the smoke produced from your sage around your dreamcatcher. Take your time and allow the dreamcatcher to be covered in smoke. From there, move around the room, letting the smoke follow you, and allow the sage to cleanse the room.
The History of Dreamcatchers
It is generally accepted that the history of dreamcatchers originates with a story from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe that then pervaded and was expanded upon by other tribes, as well. In fact, many tribes have their own legends about the origins of the dreamcatcher.
The Ojibwe people saw spiders as symbols of protection and comfort. In Ojibwe legend, a mystical “Spider Woman” served as protector for her tribe.
As the “Spider Woman's” tribe grew in size, it was difficult for her to continue to watch over everyone, so she created the first dreamcatcher, a beautiful, circular, spider-web like totem. Since then, the dreamcatcher has symbolized protection from fear and nightmares, especially for children.