Dreamcatchers were first crafted by the Ojibwe people and later adopted by the neighboring nations via intermarriage and trade. They were made from willow hoop and a webbing wove in the center and then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.
They have an ancient legend about the dreamcater ( called bawaajige nagwaagan ...aka dreamsnare ). Asibikaashi, the spider women took care of the children and the people of the land but as the Ojibwe Nation spread across North America it became hard for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. Mothers and Grandmothers would weave magical webs, using willow hoops and sinew. The web would filter out the bad dreams and only good dreams could slip down the feathers to sleeping child below. Once the sun came up the bad dreams would vanish.
They make wonderful decor for homes and are a pretty additon to childrens rooms. Buy one pre made or pick up a kit and let them craft their own magical dream catcher.