Bwaajige Ngwaagin: Dream Catchers
These earrings were handstitched with myuki delica glass seed beads and hang just under 4" on sterling silver ear hooks.
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. I'll have a few different styles and color option available on September 12th. I'm fine with non Indigenous people wearing these as it's a way to support Indigenous art and a way to bring about conversations around appropriation and tell the story of the Asabikeshiinh-Ikwe and Bwaajige Ngwaagin 🕷🕸