According to Oberholtzer (2012), Dream catchers initially originated from Native Americans of the Ojibwa nation. Traditionally dream catchers were made of two hoops, three and a half inches in diameter made out of wood, which was filled with something which looked like a spider web. The dream catchers were not designed to last long hence they weathered with the advancement of age signifying that the children whom the dream catcher was supposed to protect from bad dreams and nightmares had come of age. Different scholars have put across different theories of how the dream catcher was initially used. Some say it was a unifying symbol for the entire Native American nation. Some say that it was of form of identification for the Native Americans (Oberholtzer, 2012). The native Americans believed that the dream catcher would filter out bad dreams and nightmares allowing only good dreams to fall down to the dreamer through the feathers, hence the dream catcher was supposed to hang over the head of the person intended while sleeping. According to Oberholtzer (2012), traditionally a dream catcher benefited a lot of people in many ways. It increased confidence among the members of the company as the fear that accompanies bad dreams and nightmares was not present. Native Americans believed that evil spirits entered a person while sleeping. By using dream catchers the Native Americans were able to protect themselves from evil spirits hence the community lived a peaceful life with understanding with each other. The History of Native American Dream Catcher.
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