Friday, April 3, 2015

Do you believe in Dream Catcher?

Dr Abe V Rotor
 Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday
The web is made up of sinew or animal gut snugly
woven on a wooden or metal ring like tennis racket.

Author shows dream catcher made by Indian natives in Canada


Dream catcher or Ojibwe asabikeshiinh originated from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) culture in native America. Design of the original dream catcher. It is a good project in school. And a wonderful gift, too.

In Ojibwa (Chippewa) culture, a dream catcher (Ojibwe asabikeshiinh), the inanimate form of the word for "spider" or bawaajige nagwaagan meaning "dream snare" is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. The dream catcher is then decorated with personal and sacred items such as feathers and beads.

Dreams have many meanings to American Indians. One of the old Ojibwa traditions was to hang a dream catcher in their homes. They believe that the night air is filled with dreams, both bad and good. The dream when hung, moves freely in the air and catches the dreams as they float by. The good dreams know the way and slip through the center hole, then slide down off the soft feather so gently that many times the sleeper below doesn’t know he’s dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way, get entangled in the webbing and perish with the first light of the new day.

Small dream catchers were hung on cradle boards so infants would have good dreams. Other sizes were hung in lodges for all to have good dreams.

The dream catcher is a symbol of unity among the various Indian Nations, and a general symbol of identification with Native American or First Nations cultures. Outside of the pan-Indian communities, dream catchers are now made, exhibited, and sold by some new age groups and  individuals.

I have a dream catcher at home. My children used to make dream catchers in our shop and gave them as gifts to relatives and friends. We believe in bonding through thoughts and dreams.

Then a movie in the later part of the nineties destroyed all that; it projected a fearful image of the dream catcher. It is nightmare rather than good dream that the dream catcher catches. And instead of protecting the owner, it brings harm to him - indeed an affront to the original good intention and "sacredness" of the object. There are movies that destroy sanity and good faith, movies that make our friends our own enemies, movies that urge us to destroy wildlife because they are bad, movies that cast doubts to lifelong traditions and beliefs. It is the evil side of media.

If you believe in the happy life, unity and cooperation among the native Americans - and those in later cultures - have a dream catcher at home. Hang it at the entrance, better still above a person who wishes to have peace and comfort in life. HAPPY DREAMS! - Night Eagle. ~




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