i get so sad sometimes, because I love dream catchers and I love the beliefs behind them, but where I am, it’s impossible to get indigenously made dream catchers
the one time I did get an indigenously made dream catcher, it was while I was in Alaska, and the (very nice) lady sorta kinda followed me around her corner of the store and any time it looked like I might buy something, she’d come over and explain the meaning, so I wouldn’t buy it without being educated. And when I picked up the dream catcher, she said “do you know how those work?” and I told her “the bad dreams get stuck in the webs, and the good dreams go through the center circle, right?” and she looked actually very surprised that I knew that, which broke my heart, like. How many people came into that shop and just liked the aesthetic of her culture enough to buy it, without knowing anything about it? How many cheap dream catchers which plastic beads and craft feathers had I seen in the shops closer to the docks?
Please, please buy indigenously made items, and please take the time to learn at least a little about the cultures that these items come from.