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The Story of the Dreamcatcher


Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Chippewa.  They would tie sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame–in a somewhat similar pattern to how they tied webbing for their snowshoes–and hang this “dream-catcher” as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. The legend is that the bad dreams will get caught in the web. Traditionally Native American dreamcatchers are small (only a few inches across) and made of bent wood and sinew string with a feather hanging from the netting, but wrapping the frame in leather is also pretty common, and today you’ll often see them made with sturdier string meant to last longer. During the pan-Indian movement in the 60′s and 70′s, Ojibway dreamcatchers started to get popular in other Native American tribes, even those in  places like the Cherokee, Lakota, and Navajo.

“Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through . . . Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.” Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper.

Another version from the same story was, “Good dreams pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The bad dreams are trapped in the web, where they perish in the light of dawn.”

Haslam & Gallagher hopes to be a dreamcatcher for those that must go through litigation.

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