January 2011

The Mystery of Dream Catchers

The dream catcher—some see it as a novelty, or tourist souvenir. Some see it in its plainest definition: a webbing of string on a hoop, with feathers attached. Still others see it as a controversial item that has both good and bad attributes. My Native American friend, Emily, personally believes that dream catchers can unlock either positive or negative energy depending on the situation.

Emily says, “Dream catchers have played a controversial role in my life, from positive to negative.” When Emily was eleven, she toured Europe with a Native American dance group. In this group, she was able to share her culture with the world at large. Emily stated, “While in Poland, we were asked to participate in a Children's World Peace Festival. One of the events included creating art with bullet casings from WWII.”