History of the Dream Catcher 

Maddy Mitchem, Reporter

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     Native Americans have a special soft spot for dream catchers. Having Cherokee Indian blood coursing through my veins, I do have a soft spot for dream catchers as well. My bedroom walls are covered with them. Dream catchers come in many different shapes and sizes. The heart of it usually consists of a wooden or plastic circle with webbing in the middle of it. From the bottom of this hoop sacred objects hang; beads, thread, dead herbs, feathers, horsehair, etc,.

     The legend behind dream catchers come from the Ojibwa Tribe. It is said that a ‘spider woman’ served to protect said tribe. As the tribe expanded, and some of its tribes people migrated the spider woman knew it would be hard to protect them all at the same time. It is said this is why she made the first dream catcher. Many mothers and grandmothers started to make them go protect their loved ones.