So today I went to an arts and crafts festival. The lady who had these is a Houma Indian and her name is Morning Dove.
She told me the story of dream catchers. So now, I’m going to tell all of you.
According to legend, people with very healthy hearts can speak to and understand animals. One day, when a boy went to his grandmothers house, he saw a spider in the corner of the window. He went to go kill it, but his grandmother stopped him. She told him that you cannot kill the spider because it has not done harm to you first. At the end of the day, when the boy was going home, the grandmother heard something. “Come hear grandmother. I have something for you.” She thought it was the boy, but he was already gone and done the road. “Grandmother spider, is that you talking to me?” “Yes. And I would like to thank you. You saved my life today. Now, I will show you how to make my web. If you do this, and put your prayers in it, it will protect you. I will put blessings on you and all of your descendants.” She watched grandmother spider make the web and learned how to do it too.
Each part of the dream catcher represents something. The fact that it is round represents Mother Earth. Mother Earth produces all of our food, water and everything we need, which is why we call her Mother. The feathers represent the birds of the sky. The little red bag represents blessings. It is full of the herbs they use to make blessings with (they use holy water or herbs and sprinkle them on their bodies). The sea shell represents the ocean and all water. The longer bead is actually a part of buffalo bone. Its to represent the animals that the indians use. For example, this particular dream catcher is actually made of muscle ligaments (the web part). And the tinny little (you might not can see) shell is turquoise and it is believed to be the healing stone, and so she tries to put it in everything she makes.
I really wanted it because it was pretty, and then I learned a bit about Indian culture. Hope you guys took time enough to learn a bit too.