It was a traditional to attach a feather to a baby's dream catcher and hang it on,or above, a bed or cradle board. They were hung in the tepee or outside on a branch of a tree.
Dream Catcher are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the individual from negative dreams,while letting positive dreams through.The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center oh the dream catcher,and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below.The negative dreams would get caught up in the web,and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.
The dream catcher has been part of the Native American culture for generations.
One element of Native American dream catcher relates to the tradition of the hoop.Some Native Americans of North America held the hoop in the highest esteem,because it is symbolized strength and unity.Many symbols is the dream catcher.
Native Americans believe that the air is filled with both good and bad.The dream catcher when hung over or near a bed swinging freely in the air,catches the dreams as they flow by.The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher,slipping through the outer holes and slide down the feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming.The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the light of the new day.
Using a hoop of willow,and decorating it with findings,bits and pieces of every day life,(feathers,arrow heads,beads,etc) the dream catcher is believed to have the power to catch all of a person's dreams,trapping the bad ones,and and letting only the good ones through the dream catcher.
I call this Sunrise Dream Catcher.