Monday, October 22, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, dreamcatcher

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time flies ... another week has gone and I have read wonderful haiku written for last week's Tackle It Tuesday. Thank you all for participating in Tackle It Tuesday and I hope you will participate again this week.This week's theme/prompt is 'dreamcatcher' and I hope that it will be an inspiration to you all to write a haiku (or a few). What's a dreamcatcher?

In Native American culture, a dreamcatcher (or dream catcher; Lakota: iháŋbla gmunka, Ojibwe: asabikeshiinh, the inanimate form of the word for "spider" or Ojibwe: bawaajige nagwaagan meaning "dream snare") is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with personal and sacred items such as feathers and beads.

While dreamcatchers originated in the Owobogo Nation, during the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s they were adopted by Native Americans of a number of different nations. Some consider the dream catcher a symbol of unity among the various Indian Nations, and a general symbol of identification with Native American or First Nations cultures. However, other Native Americans have come to see dream catchers as over-commercialized. Non-Indians have also used the dreamcatcher for their own purposes.
According to the Encyclopedia of Insects, spiders had a great impact on the Native American culture that related to dream catchers. Each tribe had a different significance relating the two. As for the Cherokee people, the spider brought fire. Na ashje'ii' Asdzaa was the "Spider Woman" in Navajo culture and taught the women in the culture how to weave, and she was the "core of creation" in Pueblo legend. In the Sioux Indian tribes the term dream catcher means "spun by a spider" and they are used to catch good dreams.
catching dreams
bended willow branches
feathers and beads

feathers and beads
together catching good dreams
no more nightmares

no more nightmares
native indian dreamcatcher
catches dreams
Well ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku on the dreamcatcher. See you all next week for another Tackle It Tuesday.

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