What is the importance and history behind the dreamcatcher? You've likely observed a Dream catcher dangling from a tree, a yard or even in a gift shop and pondered about its motivation and importance. Take in more about the story and the legend behind the starting points of the Dream Catcher.
A small hoop containing a horsehair mesh decorated with feathers and beads, believed by American Indians to give its owner good dreams.
In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher or dream catcheris a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. The dreamcatcher may also include sacred items such as certain feathers or beads.
Traditionally they are often hung over cradles as protection. It originates in Ojibwe culture as the "spider web charm" a hoop with woven string or sinew meant to replicate a spider's web, used as a protective charm for infants.
Dreamcatchers were adopted in the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and gained popularity as a widely marketed "Native crafts items" in the 1980s.