The first “dream catchers” were tiny, round handcrafted net charms that were suspended from the top of an Ojibwa infant’s cradle board. Intended to “catch” bad dreams and defend children against illness and evil spirits, the protective charms represented the community’s hope for the next generation. In this book, anthropologist Cath Oberholtzer engages readers in a wide-ranging discussion about the origins of this symbol of Native spirituality, the diverse designs and the meaning it has assumed among Native American peoples throughout North America. But Oberholtzer also explores the explosion of the dream catcher as a worldwide marketing venture, sparked by a growing appetite for spiritual meaning and by its appropriation by the New Age movement. Available in airport gift shops, shopping malls, and the Internet, the dream catcher has gone mainstream. Here, Oberholtzer thoughtfully considers the past, present and future of a cultural icon.
- Author: Cath Oberholtzer
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books; First Edition edition (September 6, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 1770850562
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
About the Artist
Cath Oberholtzer, an anthropologist, taught at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and published many academic articles about dream catchers, their origin and meaning.
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