Wikki Stix Dream Catcher August 06 2009

Dream Catcher History & Culture

Dream catchers hold the destiny of the future.  Create your own dream catcher and learn from a Lakota elder.

A Lakota spirtitual leader had a vision of Iktomi.  Iktomi was a trickster and searcher of wisdom.   He appeared in the vision as a spider, and he discussed the cycles of life with the elder.  The circle loops into birth, infancy, childhood & adulthood and the end of life when we need to be cared for again as we did while in infancy. 

As Iktomi spun a web inside the elders hoop full of beads, horse hair, feathers and offerings, he told the elder about good and evil forces that try to influence you.  The good forces can help you and keep peace with the harmony of Nature.  The evil forces hurt you and the harmony of Nature.

Iktomi handed the elder the finished web inside the loop.  Iktomi told him that it is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. 

Teach the people to use the web to make good use of ideas, dreams and visions and to reach their goals.  Iktomi told the elder that believing in the Great Spirit will allow the good dreams to pass and the bad dreams will be trapped in the web and evaporate in the light of the morning sun.

(Dream-Catchers.org, 8/6/09, http://www.dream-catchers.org/dream-catcher-history.php)


  • Wikki Stix
  • Lid (yogurt, sour cream or butter)
  • Scissors



  1. Pierce the inside of the lid and use this hole to start cutting toward the edge.
  2. Use the scissors to cut along the outside edge of the lid.
  3. Keep the circular piece of plastic from the outside edge of the lid.  (Recycle the inside piece.)
  4. Tightly wrap Wikki Stix along the outside edge of the lid.


  1. Make a string of white Wikki Stix. The strings of wax will stick as you press the pieces together.
  2. Press the end of the string into the upper left side.
  3. Drape the string down towards the left lower edge of the circle. Loop through the circle & press the white Wikki Stix string into the circle.
  4. Pull the string toward the right lower edge and loop it through the circle.  Press down on the white sring to keep in place.
  5. Pull the string toward the upper right hand edge.  Loop around and press in place onto the circle.
  6. Hook the string through the 1st loop you made.
  7. Go all the way around the circle until you reach the top again.
  8. Pull the string down and press the white string of Wikki Stix together before you use scissors to cut off any extra Wikki Stix string.


  1. Cut about half an inch of Wikki Stix.
  2. Wrap it around the white string of Wikki Stix

Dangling Strings & Feathers

  1. Pull the Wikki Stix around the circle and twist together.
  2. Add hoops of white Wikki Stix to the ends (to look like feathers).

Hanging Loop

  1. Cut about 2 inches of Wikki Stix.
  2. Loop it through the hoop.
  3. Press the ends together.
  4. Press the loop into the hoop until it sticks.

Hang the Dream Catcher above Your Bed