The dreamcatcher


 The real dream catcher -that called a'sûbike'cinen Ojibwa dialect which means "like a net (a'sub)" or bwaajigengwaaganqui means trap dreams.

 (It is important to note that according to Native American culture the dream is the vehicle that allows the exchange between people and the great spirit.)

Sort out the good and bad dreams

The North American Indians seeking to preserve the child from birth, evil spirits present in nightmares. The original function of the Native American dream catcher is to catch the dreams that float in the night air and sort them into good and bad dreams. This "dip" in dreams was mainly attached to the handle of the carrier which also served as the cradle for "papoose" in North America with his umbilical cord dried in a small bag of shells and other charms intended to ward off evil spirits.

Origin of the dreamcatcher

The origin of Ojibwasou would Ojibeway (Ojiboués) or Saulteaux who, like the Chippewas, belong to the same tribe of Algonquin (Catlin Matthiessen, 1989) who was still with the Navajos in 1972, one of the most important tribes north of Mexico. Their descendants still live around the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and up along the Ottawa River (Ontario, Canada, Wisconsin and Minnesota in the United States). Several legends compete for the origin of the dream catcher. They have something in common: weaving a cobweb.

Legend Ojibway / Chippewa

The legend says Ojibwa qu'Asibikaashi (Mother Spider) caught before dawn in his canvas, the sun's rays (giizis). When the nation was scattered, it did not manage to weave for each tribe, the necessary canvasses because the sun did not rise at the same time on these vast territories. So she taught the women the art of transportable net to catch the light where it is and thus drive them night terrors. Thus were born the wicker hoops marshes and woods mesh in plant or animal strings they settled on lesporte-babies never left them so they bring light and warmth to all. Of 'sun catchers' originally small feathered hoops thus became objects of conspiracy to destroy the nightmares at sunrise.

Lakota-Sioux legend

Countries Lakota (Sioux), formerly a very old sachem was a top view of a sacred mountain. Iktomi, Grand Jester, manifested in the form of a spider who wove his web in his headdress made of eagle feathers, horsehair, wood beads and various amulets. Its woven fabric, Iktomi handed him his hat, as amended, recalling that the painting was always marry the sacred circle and have a hole in the middle. This magic item would allow the old sage to his good management with visions adopted by the spider web in their dreams. Back in his tribe, the old sachem was his vision and his suspended their tepees night and day, replicas of his sacred hair to better govern their lives and fixed their hair mats dreamcatcher with feathers to have visions.

symbolic of the dream catcher elements

The sacred circle

The circle is one of the essential and universal symbolic elements of Native American culture of the north. The dream catcher takes the form of the sacred circle as the medicine wheel, the ritual drum, the base of the tepee / wigwametc. The hoop of the dream catcher is to half the path of the sun in the sky and the other that of the moon, so day and night Additional reconciled in the dream catcher. Its circular shape makes it an intermediate object not only with the spirit world but also with the nature from which it came. It is the vehicle of the visions that every Indian must discover in his life that will lead to its purpose.

The spiderweb

The spider does not have the negative connotation or evil, our Western representations. Among North American Indians, the spider belongs to the world of the night not to scare but to fill an eminently positive function of destructive pests literally and figuratively. The father, mother or grandmother spider mythological figures are widespread in North America and play a prominent role in the creation of the world. Spider embodies usually figure civilizing, bringing fire to mankind for example, or metaphorically, in the case of the dream catcher, bringing daylight. The spider, multifaceted be that fits, is the symbol of life that must be assumed, as is weaving its web devie and destiny. Having eight legs the approaches infinity and also the eight Indian cardinal points. His canvas shows the directions to follow the cardinal points and winds.


For North American Indians, the universe is alive and everything has a movement in power and the breath of life. Feathers are symbols of lightness, calm, breathing and air. The breath is identified with the mind and by extension the divine presence or that of ancestors. Feathers are, for Native Americans, charged with energy, protective and powerful, close to the head and heart of the warrior or wise they animate hairstyles and ornaments.


Beyond its simple function of sleep guardian of the child, the dream has conditioned and still conditions of many aspects of life of Native American tribes of North and is a cultural common. "The existence of a continuity between nightlife and praxisdiurne has long been highlighted by ethnologists [...] the stories of the first Jesuit missionaries in Iroquoi knew noted that the most important affairs of life were set from of their dreams. " (Roger Bastide, 1975). As Frances Densmore says (1929, p.78), for these people without writing, dreams brought wisdom and knowledge. They tested their dreams in life and so became aware of their own strength.

creative and visionary stimulus

Among the Ojibwa / Chippewa, the sort function of the dream catcher is a help, a shield against bad dreams and bad pensées.Il would also have educational function nightlife children. Placed over the child or face to his eyes, the dream catcher prevents the child from becoming impure later, have bad thoughts or bad either.Chez l’adulte,l’attrape-rêve sert d’exutoire à soucis et à mauvaises pensées. Il est aussi très utilisé pour stimuler la capacité visionnaire. Nous possédons un dispositif formé d’un attrape -rêve miniature (circa 1900) fixé à un ensemble de plumes. Ce dispositif était attaché à la natte de cheveux des guerriers


Personal comment:

With practice and the help of the spirits we have learned a bit more about this object is sacred.

It seems related to the medicine of the spider

"Animal Medicine "

The spirits of our animal brothers were able to remain level with the natural forces. When he is sick, momentum know which eat grass to heal. These are his spirits should invoke to get a good medicine.

Iktomi, Spider Spirit, which defeated that which is woven too late for that man can get rid of. It also treats agitation in unstable children. This is the medicine of the Spider. "Wallace Black Elk

"It acts on the coronal and releases evil thoughts"

This would mean that the dream catcher is a kind of sleep therapy, coupled with a kind of protection.

Loosed what is buried and pass it to the conscious level, that's what I noticed in people who use it.

The dream is as directed, do not forget that it is a sacred object.

The size, shape, and different weaves, must have some impact but over which we have no further information.

Because everything is transmitted orally and often this kind of sacred objects are obtained during the rite, it is difficult to have the ins and outs.
Example the rite of vision quest that nome in Lakota: Hanblecheyapi is a very dangerous rite where it borders the limits of death four days without food or drink: messages are transmitted during these quests where for example the rite the Inipi (purification) which is also a lodge that serves to communicate with spirits and many other things (Great Spirit)

Most of you must know the meaning of the dream catcher that according to Native American legend, he catches bad dreams, which come to imprison the canvas until dawn, and are destroyed then talk sunlight .

I would just like to add something about it; so do not expect to make no more bad dreams, because these are not really the bad dreams he retains but negative energy, I mean, that is the dead who have not found the rest that feed our energies (agitation at night, very tired ...) or malevolent entities that feed on our fears.

The nightmares are not always interpreted as they should, they are sometimes required to show you or make you understand something and can tell you things you know about yourself.

So grab our dreams are purified and consecrated with a purpose of protection against negative energies.