Dreamcatcher—9 in. Black
Victor Godines lives on the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. To make this dreamcatcher, Victor Godines wrapped rawhide around a metal hoop that is 9 inches in diameter. He used “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 followed the custom by including a feather and a glass stone in his web. For this dreamcatcher the sinew is black and the beads are gray. The feather came 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.
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