Dreamcatchers by Mandi Montour


The Dreamcatcher comes from the Ojibwe people.  It began with the teaching of the Spider Woman, who brought the Ojibwe people back to the light of the Grandfather Sun during the dark times. The Spider Woman would build her intricate lodge in the East so that the Grandfather Sun would rise and reflect on the morning dew that gathered throughout the night. Originally, when all the Ojibwe lived closely on Turtle Island, the Spider Woman would build many lodges/webs for the babies and the youth to keep them protected from bad spirits during the night. This also made the rest of the people grateful to see the beauty with each sunrise and brought them back to the light of the day and the Grandfather Sun.

After the Ojibwe people began to move all over Turtle Island, the Spider Woman had trouble with the long journeys to make webs for the new babies being born, so the Women gathered and decided to help the Spider Woman. They started making their own Dreamcatchers in ceremony. They used Willow and bent it into a tear drop shape. They used Sinew from the animals to create sticky webbing.  Bad spirit energy would get stuck in the sticky webbing and then burn up with the rise of Grandfather Sun. The good dreams and messages would then find their way through the center hole, then down the feathers to the sleeper.

Mandi Montour creates Dreamcatchers on Deer Antlers, as she was named after the Deer who are the Leaders of the four-legged beings. She does this to honor her name and the spirit of the Deer who laid down their lives for us. Each piece is signed and dated


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Tkwasit Mamalis – Mandi Montour

Member of the Lenape/Delaware Nation on Six Nations of The Grand River, Mandi is mixed heritage Lenape/Delaware,  Anishinaabe, Irish and German.

Mandi grew up in Welland, Ontario Canada, located in the Niagara Region in a big, diverse family that allowed her to grow and learn about her Culture and traditional teachings by travelling to family on Six Nations and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and to extended Cree Family in Northern Ontario and Québec’s territories.

Named Tkwasit Mamalis after the Deer, which translates to Gentle Fawn, she is a member of a large family and Community of hunters and gatherers that strive towards Food Sovereignty and the Perseverance and Protection of Treaty Rights to hunt, fish and trap for Six Nations and beyond. Much of the organic material that is harvested from these hunts is the media for Mandi’s work.

A busy Mother-of-2, Daughter, Artist, Crafter and Workshop facilitator for her business, Sweet Dreams and Native Things, she always takes time to teach anyone who wants to learn, as traditions can only be carried on if they are passed down to the next generations.

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3 Point Whitetail Deer Antler Dreamcatcher – wrapped in White Deer hide with naturally molted Swan feathers and white glass Crow beads., 3 Point Naturally Shed Whitetail Deer Antler with a Sweetgrass Dreamcatcher – Trimmed in treated White Deer Hide and ethically sourced Wild Goose feathers with wooden beads


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