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Native American Shares Story About His Authentic Dreamcatchers and a Grieving Young Girl

What a beautiful story.
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The “dreamcatcher” is a Native American object of spiritual significance. Originally developed by the Ojibwe people, the tradition spread widely among Native American groups, and was also borrowed in the New Age spiritual movement and commercialized by Europeans as objects of decor. These days, many Natives urge people to respect their heritage and culture and not purchase mass-produced dreamcatchers. Due to the suppression and bias against Native culture, there can also be a strong stigma attached to the objects due to oppressive anti-Indian pressure in some religious and cultural institutions.

But for Ojibwe writer and artist Everette LaFromboise (also known as Asinaabe Inini), the dreamcatcher can be a powerful tool for connecting with the dream world. He makes authentic Ojibwe dreamcatchers, and claims that one he made for a grieving little girl helped her overcome her fears around her mother’s death.

In the video, he explains that he sent a dreamcatcher to a girl who was troubled after her mother’s passing. After the dreamcatcher he made was suspended over her bed, she had a dream about her mother which gave her peace.

He had briefly considered stopping making them, but after hearing this story, he realized that his work was a service to those who needed it.

His dreamcatchers (which are available for purchase on Etsy), are made in a traditional fashion, from carefully pruned branches from still living plants, woven together in a hoop and bound with the “web” of string that will, according to tradition, filter out bad dreams and allow you to connect to the spirit energy you actually need.

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