Asibikaashi is the Spider Woman in the culture of Ojibwe who looked after the children.
Once the people spread further throughout the land she could no longer do this.
The mothers and grandmothers then made dream catchers.
They did this to keep in touch with their children and keep them safe while they slept.
In some Native American cultures, Iktomi was a great trickster. He was also a searcher of wisdom. This seeming contradiction of attributes is common in many characters from old mythologies.
He appeared to an old spiritual leader in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke in a sacred language about human cycles of life.
This is why they are in a circle and represent a spiders web.
The hoop, usually made of willow, cord or sinew, with a net or web across, protect against nightmares.
The feathers, beads and sometimes ribbons, lace and bells hang from it.
This is to catch nightmares in the web and hold them until morning when the light will make them disappear.
The feathers catch the good dreams and allow them to slide down to the sleeping child. Thus ensuring a good night's sleep for all.
These circlets are usually hung over the cradle or bed and are sometimes seen in bedroom windows.
People of non Native American descent hang these in living room windows.
They use them as pretty decorations in their homes and are also used at weddings and also at baby showers.
You will find five popular ones listed below.
Of these five the tree of life one is less traditional as it is a macrame one. Made from natural cotton fibre you may find little black spots on it. Don't worry this is because it is a natural product. These are the husks of the cotton seed not bugs as someone thought.
Three important things to remember:-
1. they are all handmade original pieces.
2. check the measurements as you can't tell the size from a picture.
3. they all come ready assembled. On arrival they will need teasing out. This is due to packaging and transportation.