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Dreamcatcher Lesson

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on 27 June 2013

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Transcript of Dreamcatcher Lesson

Dreamcatchers
Michael Chas Williams
Is an artist with heavy Native American influence.
Been making dreamcatchers for 40+ years.
Dreamcatchers
The Origin of the Dreamcatcher
Legend has it that both good and bad dreams would be caught by the web, but only the good dreams could slide down the feather to the baby’s head.
And now for a little fun!
Williams' Artwork
A member of the Wichita tribal member of the Pickard Camp of Anadarko/Fort Cobb in Oklahoma
His interest in Native American culture stems from his love of nature.
Likes to use things like lynx teeth, turquoise, feathers, and shell beads in his artwork
First created by the (or Chippewa) peoples.
Is a small wooden (or metal) hoop connected with threads together in a (often like a spider web)
Often decorated with beads and feathers
woven
In Ojibwe, loosely translates into “spider” and “dream snare."
Ojibwa
The bad ones would not know the way and became trapped.

And so, they were destroyed with the first rays of morning light.
Great Lakes area of the eastern United States and Canada.
Continue to be made today by artists and Native American tribes.
Have become a symbol of Native American unity.
Examples
dreamcatcher
pattern
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