Wild Wonders: Nature Dreamcatcher

Native American Heritage Month – November 

NATURE DREAM CATCHER

Tools:

Before You Explore:

What do you know about the native people of what is today called America? There are hundreds of unique tribes with thousands of members. Learn a bit more about their exceptional contributions to our world with this short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJy9STLb9IU

Connect with Nature:

  • Using hot glue or lashing yarn attach the 3 sticks together in a triangle.
  • Paint the sticks if you want them a different color or leave them natural if you prefer.
  • Using the yarn, weave your dreamcatcher design within the triangle (free form works best for younger children. Follow the detailed guide for a traditional weave for older children).
  • Using remaining yarn, attach three small lengths to the bottom of the dreamcatcher and one to the top to hang it.
  • String a few beads on the three bottom strings, then tie or glue a feather to the bottom of each.
  • Feel free to add additional materials to your dreamcatcher that you might have at home.

Dive Deeper!

Many indigenous groups have a tradition of making dreamcatchers to honor a spider that brought their people wisdom or protected children and babies. The Lakota people (a tribe from the great plains of North America) believe, “Nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window. The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.” This is their tradition, what will you ask your dream catcher to do for you?

“Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message” – https://bit.ly/3o5sEz4