Dreamcatcher—12 in Blue
Victor Godines is from the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. He made this 12-inch dreamcatcher by wrapping rawhide around a metal hoop. He used royal blue “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 the custom by including feathers and beads in his web. The feathers come from wild turkeys that people on the Warm Springs Reservation use as food. Dream catchers may have 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 the husband of Maria Godines of Warm Springs, he uses his skills as an artisan in the making of dreamcatchers and other Native crafts. Bright blue beads and a gray feather complement the blue web of the dreamcatcher.
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