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If you are not into the culture and lore of the Old West, you may have never heard of a “Dream Catcher”. They are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native American culture. The purpose of a dream catcher was to protect the sleeping individual from bad dreams, while letting the persons good dreams through. The good dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The bad dreams would get caught up in the web, and be destroyed with the first rays of the morning sun. Dream catcher have been a part of the Native American culture for untold generations. Another aspect of the Native American dream catcher has to do with the tradition of the hoop. It is said by some Native Americans of North America that the hoop is held in the highest esteem. Primarily because it symbolized strength and unity.
Thankfully many of these Native American traditions have not been lost and continue to be made by dedicated crafters though out the country. One such crafter and artisan is “Arizona Dreams” http://arizonadreams.etsy.com . Pam, who is the inspiration, crafter and contact at “Arizona Dreams” is perpetuating this great tradition and craft with skill and love. Pam has been making Dream Catchers for a number of years and as she puts it: “I began making dream catchers almost twenty years ago to trap nightmares my children were having. Soon, neighbors and friends were asking me to make them. I made around 50 and bought a spot at a craft mall and realized people were really liking my items. I have two handmade sites currently, and still love making dream catchers. My children are now adults and still have a dream catcher hanging in their room. There is more to the legend than the beauty of the dream catcher.”
The quality of these Dream Catches is very difficult to put into words. The pictures above show more than words can explain. When you are looking for that unique gift for someone or simply want something that will become a cherished item in your home, check out Pam’s work at “Arizona Dreams”.
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