American Indian tribes from the Midwest have been making dreamcatchers for thousands of years as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares.
My own great-grandfather, Sam Keway, the last chief of Little Traverse Bay of Odawa Indians, taught me to make dreamcatchers when I was a child, weaving our family’s patterns with fishing line and beads onto a willow branch similar to the pattern woven into snowshoes.
My 5-year-old son Landen and I spent a snowy Sunday celebrating our ancestry while having fun with this easy craft, which you and your little ones can also enjoy. And once it’s done, hang the dreamcatcher near your child’s bed to capture any bad dreams.
Make the ring:
Weave the pattern:
Attach the hanging string:
See hints for this project at right