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Dreamcatcher

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“The future belongs to the beauty of those who believe in their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Along the Rio de Pueblo on Taos Pueblo land the red willow grows abundantly. Red willow traditionally was the main ingredient to create Dreamcatchers woven with natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to each web because there is only one creator in the web of life. The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom being that nature is a profound teacher. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, corn, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people (as well as many other tribes).  They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradle board to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams when sleeping. The night air is filled with many dreams passing through. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers that hang from the ring of red willow. It is believed by the Ojibwa that the slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. Yet, they cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.

20160918_193417Lakota believe the dreamcatcher holds the destiny of their future, they have a saying: “Use the web to help yourself and your people … to reach your goals and make use of your people’s ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good ideas, and the bad ones will go through the hole.”

I recently had the incredible experience of creating my first Dreamcatcher with the Mirabal family on Taos Pueblo at Robert Mirabals home. Although this is not a native tradition for the Pueblo Indians they often share traditions that get woven into their culture from other Native American customs. Fresh willow can be easily manipulated into a circle form and bound by twine wrapping around the two ends. The twine is then woven into a web that creates a circle at the center of your dreamcatcher, that way the good dreams pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers gently so that the sleeper does not know that they are dreaming. Individual pieces of blue corn had a hole punctured through the center so that you can run the twine through the middle. I wove three different pieces of this corn to represent each member in my home weaving the intention of good dreams for each of us. I added three Macaw feathers with the same intention of having the bad dreams travel down these feathers to await the morning sun inviting peaceful sleep.

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Dreamcatcher on our sagebrush on the Taos Mesa

Often times my partner will say to me before we fall asleep that he’ll come meet me in my dreams each night so that we are never apart. Ever since I’ve woven my own dreamcatcher and hung it above our wooden bed frame I have been more aware of my dreams and awoken the dance where the bad spirits keep away and the good dreams prevail while sleeping side by side.

“In dreams we plant seeds for our future”

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  1. Clyde Williamson


    Your reference to the Great Spirit the Lakotas believe; generally speaking, is that God, nature, other? Or is that left to individual belief?


  2. I made a dream catcher years ago with a friend that is Lakota. I had a flicker wing and I used feathers from that. I will bring it with me when I come so you can see it. This is a beautiful post, Angelisa. You have a wonderful way with words.

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