Dream Catchers Legend, Lore & Artifacts
By Cath Oberholtzer. 152 pages. Softcover.
Anthropologist Cath Oberholtzer explores the origins and history of Dream Catchers. She envisions the Ojibwa as the source of the earliest ‘dream catchers’ in small charms used to protect infants.
Oberholtzer progresses to the popularity and spread of Dream Catchers. Many people consider them symbols of Native American spirituality. She includes a historical review of the Euro-American fascination with everything ‘Indian’. This led to the early 20th century hobbyist movement and eventually scholarly treatment of Native American cultures.
Dream Catchers: Legend, Lore & Artifacts features a plethora of photographs of dream catchers of every type. Many of these are artistic and stylized and not representative of any Native American culture or group.