Bwaajige Ngwaagin
Bwaajige Ngwaagin
Bwaajige Ngwaagin
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Bwaajige Ngwaagin
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Bwaajige Ngwaagin
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Bwaajige Ngwaagin

Bwaajige Ngwaagin

Regular price
$115.00
Sale price
$115.00
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price
per 

Bwaajige Ngwaagin: Dream Catcher. These earrings hang 3 3/4" long on sterling silver ear hooks and were handstitched with myuki delica glass seed beads. 

 

Did you know that dream catchers actually originated with the Ojibwe people? Here is the story of how Asabikeshiinh-Ikwe (Spider Woman) helped bring Giizis (grandfather sun) back to the people.

~ Asabikeshiinh-Ikwe took care of her babies and the Anishinaabe people. Turtle Island (aka North America) was where all of our doodeman (clans) were, so when our doodeman of the ancestors began to split in the four directions of Turtle Island, Asabikeshiinh-Ikwe had a hard time making it to all the babies because she also had to take care of her own babies.
The Anishinaabe grandmothers and aunties noticed this and began to work together to help her and asked her advice. Spider Woman showed them how to make the dreamcatchers in order for them to work. From that day on, our aunties and grandmothers began to make these magical weaved webs for our new babies and children. The shape of the circle symbolizes how Giizis circles across the sky and his bright rays capture the bad dreams. The feather represents air we breathe so when the baby plays with it, they are blessed. This is why we shouldn't be afraid of or hurt our little bugs and spider helpers. You never know if they're bringing you a gift like protection in everyday life. ~

Dream catchers are one of the things I see most often appropriated for profit so making these earrings feels like I got to reclaim them in my own way