Musings

The Dreamcatcher originated with the Ojibwe/Chippewa people of North American.  Through their long tradition of storytelling and oral histories, the origin of the Dreamcatcher can be known to many.  

Ojibwe storytellers tell of the how Asibikaashi (Spider Woman) helped Wanabozhoo bring sun back to the people -- 

Asibikaashi, took care of all of the children & people of the land. When the Ojibwe Nation spread to four corners of North America, it became very difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all her children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children using willow hoops, sinew or cordage made from plants.  In the shape of a circle, the dreamcatcher represents how the sun travels each day across the sky. The dreamcatchers would filter out all the bad dreams and allow the good dreams to pass down to the sleeping mind.  With the first rays of sunlight, all the bad dreams would disappear. 

It is a great privilege to be learn and participate in this ancient tradition of the Ojibwe.  We are grateful to have Tracy* Tally lead us in our Dreamcatcher Workshop at Field Trip.  

Tracy* has been studying Native American Folklore and customs for many years and identifies greatly with the indigenous tribes of our land. Her grandmother had a vast collection of Turquoise and Silver from many different Southwestern Tribes and she would often ask to look through it and hear the stories of the pieces. About 5 years ago, a friend and Native American educated Shaman showed Tracy* how to make dreamcatchers. She took to it immediately as it felt like something she had done before, perhaps echoing a past life. The weaving of dreams into a talismanic object empowered her to make them for others.


Kara Green