Dream Catchers

dream catcher, Ojibwe, indigenous

Belonging to the Ojibwe Tribe, the Dream Catcher is not usually what is sold in the aesthetic shops and décor stores. The shape is not a uniform circle, and are usually very small, being made with sticks and are made to look like the spider’s web that the design is inspired from(WeRNative, 2021).

While there is still much discussion about how a Dream Catcher can be owned, and by whom, many agree that it isn’t appropriation to own one if it is bought from the native tribe it comes from, and that the user treats it with respect, learning the origins and properly caring for the item. Yet, sadly, the majority of Dream Catchers in circulation are sold on Amazon, made in mass for white profit, and used as an aesthetic for tattoos and home décor instead of the powerful item that it is(Gottlieb, 2017).

Link to Indigenous Tribe page

Gottlieb, Kathryn, “Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Neopaganism and Witchcraft” (2017). Honors College. 304. https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/honors/304

WeRNative. “Ojibwe Dreamcatcher Legend.” We R Native, 7 Apr. 2021, www.wernative.org/articles/ojibwe-dreamcatcher-legend.