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  • 1. Dream Catchers History and Instructions
  • 2. History
    • Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwe (or Chippewa) tribe.
    • They are believed to be filters for dreams. They block the bad dreams and let the good dreams through.
    • Historically feathers are placed in the dream catcher.
      • Owl (wisdom) feather for girls
      • Eagle (courage) feather for boys
  • 3. Construction History
    • Asibikaashi (Spider Woman) helps bring qiizis (sun) back to the people. She builds her lodge (web) before dawn to catch the light.
    • The bad dreams are destroyed with the first light as the dew evaporates.
    • The small hole in the center allows the good dreams to come through.
  • 4.
    • The circle shape of the hoop represents how giizis travels across the sky each day
    • In honor of asibikaashi the web has 8 points for Spider Woman’s 8 legs.
    • The feather represents breath or air that is essential for life (it entertains the baby while teaching the importance of good air).
  • 5. Materials
    • 1 hoop
    • 2 yards of leather lacing
    • 6 yards of sinew
    • 1 bead
    • 1 feather
    • Glue
    • clothespin
  • 6. Instructions
    • Glue leather lacing to hoop and hold with clothespin. Wrap the lacing around the ring until you reach the starting point again. (Do Not twist the lacing) Glue the lacing and secure with clothespin until it is dry.
  • 7.
    • Create a loop and tie one end of the sinew to the ring. Place sinew over the top of the hoop. Move the sinew around to the back (forming a hole) and pull the sinew back through the hole you just made.
  • 8.
    • Repeat until you have 8 spokes. Pull each stitch taught. The last stitch should be about ½ inch away from the hanging loop.
  • 9.
    • On the second and subsequent stitching rounds, place the string around the center of each stitch from the previous round.
    • As you pull each stitch tight, the sinew from the previous round should bend towards the center of the hoop slightly.
  • 10.
    • On the third or fourth round add a bead to represent the spider in the web.
    • Continue stitching.
  • 11.
    • Stop when you have a small hole left in the center. Stitch in the same place twice to form and knot.
    • Dangle a feather from a piece of sinew and tie it too the center of your web.