Saturday, July 20, 2013
Dream catchers were made from willow sticks bent into circles and covered with bits and pieces of ornaments and leather.Then a web was strung in the middle to catch the bad dreams and allow the good dreams to flow through.
I just attended a powwow and found the perfect dream catchers to use as prizes. The gentleman who makes them also gave me a brief lesson about the web-like ornaments. First off he said I picked Native American ones because they only had two knots. Indians make the catchers with a knot at the beginning and one where at the end. He said Whiteman catchers have more than two knots. He also told me the types of feathers on my specific catchers were pheasant, turkey,and guinea. The only significance being you can't sell eagle and hawk feathers, so they use the feathers from domestic birds. The pheasant feathers came from a game farm.
The reason I wanted dream catchers for prizes has to do with my protagonist in my mystery series. She is half Native American and her deceased Native American grandmother comes to her in dreams helping her solve the mysteries.
As a reader do you like receiving prizes other than books or along with books?