Dream Catcher Purpose
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Catcher Purpose and Application
It is traditional that a feather be put into the center of the dream
catcher as it means breath, or air, and it is essential for life.
The babies watching the feather would be entertained while the received
a lesson on the importance of good air. The lesson comes in the way
that the feather of an owl is the keeper for wisdom and is also the
womans feather, and the eagle feather is for courage and is the mans
feather. It is not to say that each feather is restricted to a spacific
gender. The feathers are used for the awareness of the gender
properties she or he is invoking. The Native American people are in
general very spacific about gender roles and identity. Using gem stones
in the dream catchers is something that is done today in the
dreamcatchers that we see for sale. This was not done by the old ones.
Government laws prohibit the sale of feathers from sacred birds, so
four gems stones is used to represent the four directions, and the
stones used by the western nations were substituted by us. The adult
dream catchers do not use feathers.
The dream catchers that are made from willow and sinew are for
children, and they are not meant to last. After a period of time the
willow dries out, and then the tension of the sinew collapses. This is
suppose to happen as it belies the temporaryness of youth. The adult
dream catchers should be made out of woven fiber to reflect their adult
dreams. It is also the custom in many parts of Canada, and the
northeastern United States to have a dream catcher that has a tear drop
or snow shoe shape.
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