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Dreamcatcher—5-Inch Black, White

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To make these dreamcatchers, Victor Godines wraps elk buckskin around a metal hoop that is 5 inches in diameter. He uses “artificial sinew” (a synthetic material designed to serve the purpose of the animal tendons or ligaments originally used) to wrap a web into the interior of the circular shape. Victor follows custom by including a feather and a glass stone in the webs he creates. His feathers come from wild turkeys that people on the Warm Springs Reservation use as food. Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwa (Chippewa) tribe, who used the circular webs they constructed to filter out bad dreams. In the past several decades, dream catchers started being made by Native artists from many different nations—including people on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. Victor Godines’s indigenous background is with the people from his home state of Oaxaca in Mexico, where, beginning by felling individual trees, he constructed yolks for oxen used by farmers to cultivate corn. Now as a member of a family with Wasco and Warm Springs tribal descent, he uses his skills as an artisan in the making of dreamcatchers and other Native crafts. Each of Victor’s dreamcatchers is different and yours may not look exactly like the one pictured. They generally include one feather but sometimes have two; the glass stones are of different colors and shapes; and the lengths of rawhide loop hangers vary, as does lengths of the rawhide fringes. You may select one of two colors available in this size of dreamcatcher.

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