Dreamcatcher Tattoos Bennington VT
Dreamcatcher Tattoos - The image and symbol of the Native American Dream Catchers are a tattoo design that has captured the imagination of body art enthusiasts for more than a generation. The Dreamcatcher tattoo is a powerful symbol of protection, acting as an amulet or talisman against evil and harm.
Native Americans have been weaving Dream Catchers for thousands of years. The earliest examples may have been woven by the nimble fingers of the Ojibeway people. Small willow hoops holding the spider-web weave were hung over the cradles of children. They believed that the web caught hold of everything evil, while sweet dreams passed down to the sleeping infant along the soft feathers that were attached. But other interpretations and oral traditions have come down from different tribes of First Nations.
The original hoops were believed to have been about three and a half inches in diameter, with a web made of nettle-stalk fibre, dyed red. Later on, the hoops were hung with soft feathers. The figure '8' is significant in the construction of the spiral, representing the eight legs of the spider. Some traditions have a stone placed in the middle, representing the spider, while more recent legends keep the centre hole open.
The turmoil wrought by 'civilization' in recent centuries almost destroyed the tradition of the Dream...