The dreamcatcher originated with the Ojibwa, also known as the Chippewa, people. There are different versions of the legend. The webs were originally hung from children’s cradle boards, to catch any harmful energy in the air at night. The round shape of the dreamcatcher represents the earth and the circle of life. The web represents our interconnectedness. Dreamcatchers were traditionally formed with Willow and a bead in the web represented the spider, or the Creator. Dreamcatchers spread to other people and nations through intermarriage and trade, and it took on different meanings and characteristics, but typically the web is supposed to trap bad dreams at night, and during the day, the sunlight hits the web and destroys them. Good dreams float down the feathers to the sleeping person below. In Native American culture, dreams are a powerful source of guidance and insight.