Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Craft Time: Dream Catchers

Five Minute Dream Catchers

These dream catchers were incredibly easy to make! And I only used items I had. I had been wanting to make some dream catchers for awhile. They are so very unique and cute. Only problem is... I didn't have a sturdy ring to use, and didn't want to go out and buy something. At work we were doing a craft with the kids using pipe cleaners & thus this idea was born. I was able to crank a few out and  take picture for this tutorial all during an episode of Dawson's Creek. So easy!


  1. I know you don't mean any harm or ill-will in making these, but at the same time I'm not entirely sure it's appropriate. Dream catchers are a part of many indigenous cultures, and although (I believe) they are relatively recent arrivals to the cultures, I still think they hold more significance than being a "craft."

    The Lakota/Dakota people hold that they are a creation of Iktomi, the trickster spider, and that bad dreams are caught in his web, like insects, etc. Similar traditions hold true for the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people.

    The only thing I can liken it to I guess is if a Jewish person wore a cross around their neck because they thought it looked "cute." Dream catchers may not be part of your belief system, but for many people, it is a very real and sacred thing, not unlike the cross in Christianity. I don't think it's fair to represent it as something less than that simply because tribal cultures are "trendy" in today's popular culture.

    My intention is not to point fingers, because I know you didn't many anything by it, just expressing an opinion and hopefully shedding some light.

    1. Rochelle - Thanks for your comment about the dream catchers. You are right, I did not mean any offense. They are more than just a craft. Sorry if you were offended. When I was a little girl, I was given one as a present and taught all about them. I had one hanging above my bed for years to catch my bad dreams. Although I am not part of an indigenous culture, I understand their value. But you're right, calling them a craft and falling for the "trendiness" of dream catchers may be taking away their sacred value. I am sorry.


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