Dreamcatchers are Native American wood hoops crafted with a net in the center. They’re often embellished with objects like beads and feathers. Derived from the Ojibwe and Lakota tribes, dreamcatchers were originally used to protect children from bad dreams. Tribal elders fashioned them from willow and sinew and then hung them over a cradle or child’s bed. Like bugs in a spider’s web, the hoop’s net was said to trap nightmares and channel good dreams through the net’s hole.
Today, dreamcatchers have been adopted by countless individuals as symbols of protection and good luck. Hanging dreamcatchers in the home, or even wearing dreamcatcher jewelry, is thought to trap negative vibes in order to keep the owner safe from harm.