I’ve decided to remove this post from my blog after years of it being one of my top posts. Why?
Because it was 100% cultural appropriation.
When I first wrote this post, I had no idea what cultural appropriation even was.
But I’ve become more and more aware over the years of the multitude ways I have benefitted from being a white, upper middle-class, cis-gendered Christian—on the backs of of people who are not like me.
I have financially profited from sharing dreamcatcher tutorials created entirely by white women. These were not ours to share, and certainly not ours to profit from. And I attempt to truly decolonize my life, this post was a glaring violation of my ethics.
Dreamcatchers belong as sacred objects to the Ojibwe and other indigenous people who created them. That link will also take you to dreamcatchers made by indigenous artisans that you can purchase.
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to remove this post. As a small act of restitution, I am donating to Ojibwe Cultural Foundation.
I will do better.