Making Native American Dream Catchers

I am part Kansa Indian and I have always loved Native American inspired crafts. One of my favorite little novels is Cogewea, which is a story about a Native American womanfinding her identity in the twentieth century. I also enjoyed the novel Sacajawea, although it is quite lengthy at over a thousand pages.

There is a wide variety of Native American artwork because of the diversity of tribes ranging from the northern parts of Canada all the way down to Terra del Fugeo in South America. Since I am part Kansa Indian, which is a tribe of the Great Plains of North America, and I am most interested in ar work from this region. Honestly, I am also interested in the Serrano Indians because they have left behind many signs of their habitat there, which can be seen with the holes they ground into the metates to make acorn meal.  However, it is the dream catchers of the Plains Indians that mesmerize me the most.  Dream catchers have always been appealing to me, and awhile back I took a class on how to make these. I made a small dream catcher ornamented with a blue star button, and then made my own variation of of dream catchers with faux rawhide cord and dental floss.

The objects hanging from the dream catchers are supposed to represent the spiders in the web, and I love the symbolism of how some legends hold the dream catchers will take away all your evil dreams. Native American art of the Great Plains is beautiful with rich stories behind these symbols, and making dream catchers helps us to connect with our Native American roots.


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