Authentic Native American Indian Lakota Dreamcatcher

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Raven Willow 4-Colors Dreamcatcher
Alan Monroe - Lakota

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Authentic Native American Raven Willow 4-Colors Dreamcatcher 12-inch diameter by Lakota Alan Monroe

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Alan Monroe - Lakota
Raven Willow 4-Colors Dreamcatcher

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Paula says - "This dreamcatcher was handmade from South Dakota white willow by Lakota artist Alan Monroe. The feather on this willow dreamcatcher is a turkey feather that he dyed to look like a raven feather. Crows and ravens are protected by the Migratory Bird Act and their feathers cannot legally be sold."

  • 12" diameter hoop of South Dakota white willow
  • black horse hair tassel
  • turkey feather dyed black like raven
  • glass beads of the four colors (black, red, yellow, white)
  • solid brass accent beads
  • beads strung on deerskin laces with metal cones and tassels

Paula wondered:
“Can I add things to my dreamcatcher?”

"One of my first dreamcatchers was made by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk. When I brought it home, I was immediately tempted to hook a beautiful amber seahorse on it but I didn’t want to interfere with the energy or power of Cynthia's beautiful creation. So before I added anything I asked her.

"She replied: 'Oh, Seahorse or whatever you choose to add to dream catchers are actually great. A dream catcher invites those personal totems that bring one smiles, good thoughts, powerful energy . . . we are just providing a start, giving a direction to go. Healing is a very personal thing, as you well know.' ”

Alan Monroe was born in Hot Springs , South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and studied business and art in Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota. Alan creates his Northern Plains artwork from hides, stone, leather, and wood. He learned the basics of quill working, weaponry, sculpting and pipe making from traditional and contemporary artisans in his family circle. He is a fifth generation master pipe maker. In his sculptures, Monroe works with a variety of materials such as pipestone, bone, wood and alabaster. He creates small objects like fetishes to large pieces than can weigh hundreds of pounds. Monroe's work can be seen in many galleries and museums across the country and he has won many awards. About Lakota Sioux


DREAMCATCHERS are known to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas to filter and destroy bad dreams, thoughts or negative influences, allowing the good, positive and enlightening influences and strong healing to take place. Totems, fetishes, ritual and ceremonial items significant to the owner are added for additional healing energies. Read more about dreamcatchers . . .

THE FOUR SACRED COLORS - Many Native Americans view the world as having four directions. Each direction has a special meaning and color associated with it. The Lakota use the colors black, red, yellow and white to represent the four directions. For some, the colors represent the four seasons and the changes we make on our journey through life. Every tribe and every person has their own beliefs and you should use what best represents what you believe.

CROW BEADS are cut from colored tubes of glass or plastic and tumbled and polished to give a smooth rounded, slightly oval finish. They commonly range in size from 6mm to 9mm with a 3mm hole. Crow beads are popular for decorating medicine bags, hair braids and some Native American styles of jewelry.

RAVEN/CROW - Ravens are larger than crows and have a wedge-shaped tail as opposed to the crow's rounded tail. Also, ravens will also soar whereas crows will not, they will only glide when landing. Raven and Crow both are messengers of magic and healing from the universe where all knowledge waits for us. They also symbolize changes in consciousness, of levels of awareness and perception. Shamans, spiritualists and healers with Raven/Crow Medicine are able to use their gifts with deeper clarity, understanding and insight, developing greater power and skill in their abilities.

 

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