One of the more enduring symbols of Native American culture in the United States is the dream catcher. Widely assumed, given its name, to relate only to our dreams, in Native American culture the dream catcher is actually a symbol of many things. Today, the 2017 1 oz Silver Niue Apache Dream Catcher Coin is available to you online at

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  • Ships to you in a protective display box with Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
  • Face value of $2 (NZD) is fully backed by Niue’s government.
  • Obverse includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Reverse features the image of an Apache dreamcatcher.
  • Beautiful colorized proof coin!

The primary design feature of the 2017 1 oz Silver Niue Apache Dream Catcher Coin is that of a dream catcher. Although the engravings on this coin read “Apache Dream Catcher,” the concept of the dream catcher actually originated with the Ojibwe tribes.

Ojibwe people would make their dream catcher as hand-woven willow hoops with decorative items such as beads and feathers. One of the original uses of the dream catcher was as a tool for signs of a bountiful harvest. If the feathers ruffled more than 5 times in one night, a bountiful harvest was sure to come.

The use of the dream catcher by other tribal nations occurred slowly at first, spreading from Ojibwe territories to other tribes through intermarriage and trade. It wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that the Pan-Indian Movement spread it to all tribes, where today it stands as a symbol of unity and identification among Native American and First Nation tribes in North America.

On the reverse of all 2017 1 oz Silver Niue Apache Dream Catcher Coins is the image of a dream catcher, with a woven inset in the coin’s design on a beautifully colorized background field. The hues of red, orange and yellow paint the scene of a desert sunset in the American Southwest, where the Apache tribes have long occupied stretches of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and parts of three states in Mexico.

The obverse of the 2017 1 oz Silver Niue Apache Dream Catcher Coin includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, this image is the fourth-generation depiction of the Queen since she ascended to the throne in 1952. She is the longest reigning monarch now in British history.

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All 2017 1 oz Silver Niue Apache Dream Catcher Coins are available to you inside of protective display boxes, which house your coin for safety and protect it from damage. With your purchase you also receive a numbered Certificate of Authenticity to validate the content and quality of your coin.

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In some Native American and First Nations cultures, a dreamcatcher or dream catcher (Ojibwe: asabikeshiinh, the inanimate form of the word for 'spider')[1] is a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. The dreamcatcher may also include sacred items such as certain feathers or beads. Traditionally they are often hung over a cradle as protection.[2] It originates in Anishinaabe culture as the 'spider web charm' (Anishinaabe: asubakacin 'net-like', White Earth Band; bwaajige ngwaagan 'dream snare', Curve Lake Band[3]), a hoop with woven string or sinew meant to replicate a spider's web, used as a protective charm for infants.[2]

Dreamcatchers were adopted in the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and gained popularity as a widely marketed 'Native crafts items' in the 1980s. [4]

Ojibwe origin[edit]

'Spider web' charm, hung on infant's cradle (shown alongside a 'Mask used in game' and 'Ghost leg, to frighten children', Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin (1929).

Ethnographer Frances Densmore in 1929 recorded an Ojibwe legend according to which the 'spiderwebs' protective charms originate with Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; who takes care of the children and the people on the land. As the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children.[2] So the mothers and grandmothers weave webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The purpose of these charms is apotropaic and not explicitly connected with dreams:

Even infants were provided with protective charms. Examples of these are the 'spiderwebs' hung on the hoop of a cradle board. In old times this netting was made of nettle fiber. Two spider webs were usually hung on the hoop, and it was said that they 'caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it.'[2]

Basil Johnston, an elder from Neyaashiinigmiing, in his Ojibway Heritage (1976) gives the story of Spider (Ojibwe: asabikeshiinh, 'little net maker') as a trickster figure catching Snake in his web.[5][clarification needed]

Modern uses[edit]

Contemporary 'dreamcatcher' sold at a craft fair in El Quisco, Chile in 2006.

While Dreamcatchers continue to be used in a traditional manner in their communities and cultures of origin, a derivative form of 'dreamcatchers' were also adopted into the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of unity among the various Native American cultures, or a general symbol of identification with Native American or First Nations cultures.[4]

The name 'dream catcher' was published in mainstream, non-Native media in the 1970s[6] and became widely known as a 'Native crafts item' by the 1980s,[7]by the early 1990s 'one of the most popular and marketable' ones.[8]

In the course of becoming popular outside the Ojibwe Nation during the Pan-Native movement in the '60s, various types of 'dreamcatchers', many of which bear little resemblance to traditional styles, and that incorporate materials that would not be traditionally used, are now made, exhibited, and sold by New age groups and individuals. Some Native Americans have come to see these 'dreamcatchers' as over-commercialized, like 'sort of the Indian equivalent of a tacky plastic Jesus hanging in your truck,' while others find it a loving tradition or symbol of native unity. [4]

A mounted and framed dreamcatcher is being used as a shared symbol of hope and healing by the Little Thunderbirds Drum and Dance Troupe from the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota. In recognition of the shared trauma and loss experienced, both at their school during the Red Lake shootings, and by other students who have survived similar school shootings, they have traveled to other schools to meet with students, share songs and stories, and gift them with the dreamcatcher. The dreamcatcher has now been passed from Red Lake to students at Columbine CO, to Sandy Hook CT, to Marysville WA, to Townville SC, to Parkland FL.[9][10][11]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^'Free English-Ojibwe dictionary and translator - FREELANG'.
  2. ^ abcdDensmore, Frances (1929, 1979) Chippewa Customs. Minn. Hist. Soc. Press; pg. 113.
  3. ^Jim Great Elk Waters, View from the Medicine Lodge (2002), p. 111.
  4. ^ abc'During the pan-Indian movement in the 60's and 70's, Ojibway dreamcatchers started to get popular in other Native American tribes, even those in disparate places like the Cherokee, Lakota, and Navajo.' 'Native American Dream catchers', Native-Languages
  5. ^John Borrows, 'Foreword' to Françoise Dussart, Sylvie Poirier, Entangled Territorialities: Negotiating Indigenous Lands in australia and Canada, University of Toronto Press, 2017.
  6. ^'a hoop laced to resemble a cobweb is one of Andrea Petersen's prize possessions. It is a 'dream catcher'—hung over a Chippewa Indian infant's cradle to keep bad dreams from passing through. 'I hope I can help my students become dream catchers,' she says of the 16 children in her class. In a two-room log cabin elementary school on a Chippewa reservation in Grand Portage' The Ladies' Home Journal 94 (1977), p. 14.
  7. ^'Audrey Speich will be showing Indian Beading, Birch Bark Work, and Quill Work. She will also demonstrate the making of Dream Catchers and Medicine Bags.' The Society Newsletter (1985), p. 31.
  8. ^Terry Lusty (2001). 'Where did the Ojibwe dream catcher come from? Windspeaker - AMMSA'. Sweetgrass; volume 8, issue 4: The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society. p. 19.CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. ^Marysville School District receives dreamcatcher given to Columbine survivors By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News. Posted on November 7, 2014
  10. ^'Showing Newtown they're not alone - CNN Video' – via
  11. ^Dreamcatcher for school shooting survivors (paywall)

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