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What is a dreamcatcher?

A dreamcatcher can be seen a symbol or connection to the Indigenous people and their culture. Some seen it as a symbol of peace and unity amongst tribes. Dreamcatchers were traditionally meant to protect those whom were asleep underneath it, in the simplest of explanations. 

Today, the dreamcatcher has often been misused, false claims of authenticity for profitable means, exploited, and misguided. At T & T dreamcatchers we firmly believe in transparency and honesty. We stand behind all our products and will not send out anything that does not meet our standards of quality and authenticity. As I am Indigenous and do believe in native spirituality so we do not make traditional items for public sales or profit. We have taken a traditional concept and added a modern twist that has become our own unique style. 

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Sphere on Spiral Stairs

Indigenous cultures used story telling as a way to pass knowledge from one generation to the next that often carried our history within.

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Beginner Kits

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Fun for the entire family!

Our DIY dreamcatcher beginner kits are great for the entire family. Plan a family fun craft night or keep the kids busy. Our kits come with everything you need to create your very own dreamcatcher. Also with our pre wrapped rings there is no sticky mess or fight with glue

Kit Contents

  • 1 x 5" Pre-wrapped ring

  • Cording to create the web

  • Gemstones for the web

  • Ribbon for the hangers 

  • Pony beads and feathers for finishing 

  • Step by step instructions &

  • One of the origin stories

Learn more with the history 

It is said that the origin of the dreamcatcher had come from the Ojibwa Tribe. Which had then been passed along through trade and intermarriage.

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The legend tells of the protector of the people who was known as Asibikaashi, which translated means spider woman. Asibikaashi watched over the people and the children as they slept. This task would become difficult for Asibikaashi as her people had begun to travel to the four corners of the land. So the mothers and grandmothers had begun to weave webs to protect their loved ones as the slept. This usually began right from infancy where a dreamcatcher would be placed above their cradle. It is said that good and bad dreams would get caught In the web with the good dreams knowing how to navigate through the web to fall onto the sleeper below, the bad dream would get so entangled unable to get through as the sun rose would disintegrate with the light of morning sun. It is said that Asibikaashi still looks after her people today.

Asibikaashi

Legend of the Spider and the Grandmother 

This legend begins with a spider weaving a web. As the spider spun his web a grandmother sits quietly watching the spider. As days pass by the grandmother continues to just sit and watch him do his work until one day when her grandson comes in and sees the spider. The grandson goes to grab a rock to squish it when the grandmother stops him from harming the spider. He asks his grandmother why she stopped him and all she responds with is a smile. So, after the grandson leaves the grandmother hears the spider speak. The spider thanks her for savings his life and offers her a gift. The gift was the knowledge of how to weave a web so that it will protect her loved ones when they slept. It would capture the bad dreams preventing it from harming the one sleeping below and with the morning sun it would vanish. The web would allow the good dreams to pass through onto the sleeper.

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Spider and Grandmother

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The Lakota legend of the Dreamcatcher

This legend begins on a mountain where a tribe spiritual leader sits. As he sits in prayer holding his willow hoop that contained offerings. These offering were horsehair, feathers, and beads. The elder then had a vision in which the great spirt, Ikotomi appears to him. Ikotomi was known as a great trickster and the seeker of wisdom. In this vision Ikotomi has appeared in spider form and speaks to the elder in their sacred language. He speaks of the circle of life and the phases of life we all must go through. From infancy to childhood to adulthood and old age where you must be cared for once again. In so completing the circle. As he speaks to the elder of these teachings, he spins a web in the willow hoop that the elder was holding. As Ikotomi spins his web in each passing phase he tells of the forces of good and bad. That we are all faced with these forces. In following the good forces will lead to good things, and in following the bad forces it may lead to bad things and potentially harmful. These forces can influence the balance, the harmony of nature. As he finishes spinning his web, he gifts it back to the elder in a perfect circle. He says to him, use this web for your people. Use it to help them follow the good forces, to follow their dreams, to help reach their goals and make good use of their idea.

If you believe in the great spirit and his guidance, the good dream will be allowed to pass through the center while the bad will be trapped destined to vanish at first light. Not being able to cause harm. The elder passes his vision on to his people in which we to this day still place them above our beds holding the destiny of the future.

The lakota legend
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