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Did the Cherokee Indians make dream catchers?

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At some point during the pan-Indian movement of the 1960s and 1970s, dream catchers became a popularly made item among many Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, Navajo and Lakota. They are not, however, traditional to those tribes historically.

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Did the Cherokee Indians make dream catchers?
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Dream catchers are the authentic tradition of the Ojibway, or "Chippewa" tribe. The Ojibway tied strands of sinew around a willow frame that was usually teardrop-shaped, creating a pattern similar to that used in snowshoe making, then fixed a feather to the frame. According to legend, bad dreams would get caught in the web of the dream catcher, and so they were often hung over a child's bed to guard against nightmares. Other evil forces believed to be caught by a dream catcher's web include the common cold and other illnesses, and bad spirits.

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