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Dreamcatchers & Mandellas

Shopping for dreamcatchers online? Cameron Trading Post has been selling beautiful dreamcatchers and mandellas for more than a century. Ever popular as unique items of Southwest decor, the Native American dream catcher imparts meaning, history, and beauty to your home. Popular Native American legend says dreamcatchers, woven webs of sinew and feathers, snare nightmares to dissolve them in the rays of the morning sun, while letting the good dreams through. In this part of the country, the dreamcatcher is a staple in all Southwest decor!

If you can’t find the dreamcatcher or other Native American art that you’re looking for, please reach out to our team at 1-877-608-3491 or email us at info@camerontradingpost.com today, and we’ll be happy to help.

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Shopping dreamcatchers online? One of the most iconic Southwestern decor items that honor Native American culture is the dreamcatcher. Considered a symbol of good luck as well as a guard against bad dreams, the Native American hand crafted dreamcatcher is found in Southwest decorating in nearly every rearview mirror and bedroom. Here on our website, you’ll find a variety of authentic, hand-crafted dreamcatchers, crafted by Native American artists who are skilled at designing dreamcatchers, following traditional techniques that have been handed down for generations. Hand-crafted using feathers, rabbit fur, stones, and sinew and available in a range of colors, you are sure to find the perfect gift here on our website!

For your convenience, Cameron Trading Post’s quality made authentic dreamcatchers are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, which are well suited for decorating your bedroom, living room, or office. Besides our authentic dreamcatchers and mandellas, you can also find our other Native American art here.

Points on a Dream Catcher & Their Meanings:

As you shop dreamcatchers online, you’ll notice that each has different points. The number of points on an authentic dreamcatcher’s woven web indicate different meanings, such as:

  • 13 points – the thirteen phases of the moon
  • 8 points – number of legs on the spider woman of the dreamcatcher legend
  • 7 points – seven prophecies of the grandfathers
  • 6 points – the eagle
  • 5 points – the star

To this day, Native American dream catchers still have value among Native American peoples. Dreamcatchers have a rich history among various tribes throughout the centuries. Specifically, Native American dream catcher history can be traced back to the Ojibwes.

Modern Native American Dream Catcher History

In modern times, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s, when a pan-Indian mindset developed in the United States, many other tribes accepted the concept of dream catchers and incorporated them into their own cultures as a way of retaining traditional spirituality.

To this day, authentic dreamcatchers are still a popular cultural symbol of warding off bad dreams and filtering through good ones. While the stories and legends of dreamcatchers may vary from tribe to tribe, the overall idea remains the same. For example, some tribes believe the beads of an authentic dreamcatcher represent a spider. Others think the beads represent the physical form of the good dreams which failed to filter through the web and instead became sacred charms.

Dream Catchers & Mandellas for Sale

Shopping for authentic dreamcatchers online? The Cameron Trading Post, in business for over one hundred years since 1916, has mandellas and dream catchers for sale. Decorate the interior of your home with these unique, authentic Southerwestern cultural and religious symbols. Our largest dream catchers will look stunning on your wall, while our smallest ones can be a keychain!

Our Dreamcatchers for Sale:

Our large and small dream catchers are available in a range of sizes. Most of our authentic dream catchers for sale are available in a variety of colors, or feature fur, feather, bead, or jawbone decorations. Some of them are even beautifully hand-painted. Check out our genuine dreamcatcher products here: dreamcatcher, dreamcatcher 2, dreamcatcher 3, dreamcatcher 4, dreamcatcher in assorted colors, and dreamcatcher key chain.

What is a Mandella?

Now that we’ve talked about what a dreamcatcher is, let’s review what a mandella is. The Native American mandella is an American Indian art form inspired by the Plains Indian shield. The shield was more to the Native American Indian than just a defensive weapon. Shields were made with ceremonial care and imparted with powerful spiritual personal and tribal protections obtained from dreams and visions. Ceremonial shields were also made, not to be used in physical warfare but for protection on the spiritual plane.

The decorative authentic mandellas of today are certainly an expression of the Southwestern arts. These Native American Indian hand crafted mandellas are lovely, colourful, and dramatic, utilizing fur, wool, beads, and feathers to create a unique and beautiful item of Southwestern decor.

How Are Mandellas Different From Dreamcatchers?

As you may have already gathered, mandellas are different from dreamcatchers. Some mandellas may also have webbing in them, however most mandellas will have fur in their center. Specifically, a mandella acts as a shield of protection, survival, and strong visions, whereas a dreamcatcher is associated with dreams.

Authentic Dream Catcher FAQs

What are dreamcatchers?

The dreamcatcher is easily one of the most recognizable symbols that is associated with the Native American peoples and their culture, specifically the Ojibwe people. Dreamcatchers are woven of sinew like a spider web within a hoop. Often, they are decorated with bead, fur, and feather accents and come in a variety of colors. Sometimes, they are referred to as “Sacred Hoops.”

Where did dreamcatchers originate?

The Ojibwe people started the trend of crafting authentic dreamcatchers and over time, dreamcatchers (or as the Ojibwe called them, asabikeshiinh), were adopted by other tribes and cultures. The Ojibwe people believed that both good and bad dreams would fill the air during the night, and thus, dreamcatchers were born.

What are dreamcatchers for?

Ojibwe Dreamcatchers were most commonly used for helping to ward off a child’s bad dreams and were typically hung over a child’s bed or crib. According to their belief, the dreamcatcher’s web would trap bad dreams or dark spirits, thereby allowing the good dreams to escape through a small hole in the center and enter the child’s dream. It is thought that the bad dreams would then burn away with the rising of the morning sun. Dream catchers were also believed to have worked equally as effectively for adults. In fact, many Ojibwe homes had a dream catcher hanging above the family’s sleeping area in order to filter bad spirits from all of their dreams.

Where to hang dreamcatchers?

There are many places in your home where you can hang your dream catcher. To follow tradition, you can hang your genuine dreamcatcher above your bed, to help you get a good night’s rest. Other alternatives are to hang it on your adjacent bedroom window, the rear view mirror of your vehicle for good luck, on your handbag, purse, or backback, above a doorway, on a large window, worn as jewelry, or as artwork on a wall in your home.

Shop Dreamcatchers & Mandellas

Browse all authentic dreamcatchers and mandellas on our website to find the perfect one for a friend or family member. Can’t find what you are looking for? Our friendly team is here to assist you. Please give Cameron Trading Post a call at 1-877-608-3491 or email us at info@camerontradingpost.com today and we’ll be happy to help you find that perfect gift!

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