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i have always had a fascination with the Native American culture, especially the symbolism and meanings of everything the did and utilized. Dreamcatchers have been in my room i feel like since i was a kid, and while i know they have somewhat become an overused object to some tribes, they have meaning to me. I've been researching dreamcatchers recently just because not only do i want to know more about the Ojibwe People (as well as other tribes) but because i am working on an art piece that will be a dreamcatcher.

My main question pertains to the types of feathers traditionally used in dreamcatchers and if you know. I Love eagle feathers, but i know that those are also sacred and special in many tribes, so i was unsure of weather they were ever used in dreamcatchers. So i was wondering if you could tell me what feathers were used and maybe a little bit about them?

I was wondering if there were any books or articles about Native American dreamcatchers available for me to read, or even just anything going more into detail about their traditions and ways.

Thank you.

The only authentic, Ojibwe dream catcher we ever had was a dance-stick catcher, a sinew Web in a red willow hoop attached to a long, wrapped handle. I was told that a dream diviner would use this in his ceremony to sift the dreams of a sleeping patient to determine the Spirits at work. It had a few Duck feathers on it. an owl tail feather, hanging from the handle, and a couple of beads on the Web itself.

Now, EVERYBODY makes dream catchers and lots of Nations now have stories To go with them, but The lake People, as it is my understanding, created them first. Raptor feathers have been used in lots of ceremonies to send prayers, but usually not eagle feathers. One Jicarilla Apache version we used to be able to purchase had a tobacco pouch hanging from the web, and the end threads at the center of the Web were left long, hanging far down, like a funnel. They said you put things of value around the rim to show respect for your own dream state and life. I heard a Cherokee story that tied the Web to Spider Grandmother's spinning out your fate. There are many different stories!

As far as a book, I haven't heard of one beyond Stephen King's novel of the same name. Hope this helps.





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