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亂譯:九綠


<關於補夢網的傳說>
很久很久以前,當世界還很年輕的時候,一位年老的精神領袖Lakota站在一座高山上,並且看到了一個異像。在他的異像中,Iktomi,偉大的精靈和智慧傳授者,以蜘蛛的模樣出現在他眼前。Iktomi用一種令人毛骨悚然的,只有Lakota能听得懂的聲音對他說話。
他和蜘蜘Iktomi談話,祂要他去收集柳木環、羽飾、馬的鬃毛、小珠給祂,接著祂開始編織一個蜘蛛網狀的東西。祂告訴長老關於生命的循環……我們如何從 嬰兒開始我們的一生、進入童年時代、成人時代,最后,我們老得必須像個嬰兒般仰賴人們的照顧,而結束我們的一生。

Iktomi說:「在每一次的生命里,都會有很多種力量與不同的指導,能夠幫助或妨礙with the hawrmony of nature(抱歉,我查不到hawrmony是什麼意思,只好丟原文上來^_^b),當然神以及神所有令人驚歎不已的教導也與他們同在。」Iktomi 把網給Lakota長老,說道:「瞧,這網是一個完美的圓,但在圓(原文是cirlce,我推測是circle的筆誤)的中央有一個洞。如果你信仰大神, 這個網將會捕捉你的美夢和意念──而壞的將進入洞里。使用這個網去幫助你自己以及你的人民達成你們的目標,讓你人民的思想、夢想以及意念都能用在好的方 面。」

Lakota長老把他所見到的異象告訴他的人民們,現在Lakota的人民們將捕夢網應用在他們的生活之中。將它懸吊在他們的床邊或是房間,好去過濾他們的夢以及思想。他們的好夢將被捕獲並且伴隨著他們,而邪惡的夢則會進到中間的洞里,不再是他們的一部份。

<製作方式及準備材料>
5英吋環(約12.5cm)
4碼的皮繩(約360cm)
細1/8英吋 長3碼的肌腱(約細0.3cm 長270cm)
(可用尼龍繩替代)
一個小貝殼
12個小珠子(Pony Beads)
16個小珠子(Pony Beads)
羽毛
剪刀
膠水
大頭針

如果你無法得到那些材料,試著從樹上找尋一個小細枝,直徑約1cm、1公尺長。將細枝的兩端綁在一起,再以相同的方式編網。這只是我做捕夢網的其中一種方式,我製作了很多不同的捕夢網,幾乎沒有兩個是相同的。儘管放手去創造,看看你能夠做出多麼不一樣的捕夢網。



一、剪一段8呎長(約240cm)的皮繩,將皮繩的尾端用膠水黏在環上。將皮繩纏繞在環的周邊處,直到你抵達一開始纏繞的地方。小心別讓他們歪曲了。把皮繩的末端黏在環上。用曬衣夾固定在那里,直到膠水完全乾為止(圖1)。

二、開始編網,將immitation(同樣查不到這字b)肌腱的一端綁在環上(圖2),圍繞著環的周邊打上9個半結,每個結之間約距離1.5”(約3.75cm)(圖3)。編最后一個結時稍微靠近第一個結,以免編織時留下太大的空隙。將每一個結調整到等距。

三、在你已經編織完成的第一列的中間,編織下一列的網(圖4)。持續以相同的方式編網,直到你在環中的間只剩下一個小洞為止。在繩末綁一個雙結,並且滴上一小滴膠水,等膠水乾后剪掉剩下的線。

四、使用12”(約30cm)長的皮繩做一個圈,好懸挂你的捕夢網,把它折成一半做成一個活結。把圈從環的頂端穿過去做個結,並且拉緊皮繩。

五、製作吊飾部份。剪三條8”(約20cm)長的皮繩,在環每邊約1/3處綁上兩條皮繩,在每條皮繩中穿三粒彩珠,並且打結。

六、用最后一條8”長的皮繩在環的中央處穿上一個小貝殼,接著在皮繩的每一邊都穿過三粒彩珠。

七、最后,將兩根羽毛插進皮繩上珠子里,除了挂有貝殼的那個不要。如果羽毛會鬆脫就用膠水黏住它們。最后的4根羽毛則分別連在貝殼的每一邊。

嘗試製作更大的捕夢網:
12”(30cm)的環大概需要細1/8”(0.3cm)長7碼(630cm)的皮繩
9”(22.5cm)的環需要6碼(540cm)長的皮繩
6”(15cm)的環需要4碼(360cm)長的皮繩

同時別忘了你還需要額外的皮繩去製作挂飾部分。


====================== 原文如下 =========================

關於補夢網的傳說
Long ago when the world was young, an old lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a scared language that only the spiritual leaders of the Lakota could understand.

As he spoke Iktomi, the spider, took the elders willow hoop which had feathers, horse hairs, beads and offerings on it and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life....how we begin our lives as infants and we move on to childhood, and then to adulthood. Finally, we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.

Iktomi said, "In each time of life there are many forces and different directions that can help or interfere with the hawrmony of nature, and also with the great spirit and all of his wonderful teachings." Iktomi gave the web to the Lakota elder and said, "See, the web is a perfect circle but there is a hole in the center of the cirlce. If you believe in the great spirit, the web will catch your good dreams and ideas - - and the bad ones will go through the hole. Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make good use of your people''s ideas, dreams and visions."

The Lakota elder passed on his vision to his people and now the Lakota''s use the dreamcatcher as the web of their life. It is hung above their beds or in their home to sift their dreams and visions. The good of their dreams is captured in the web of life and carried with them...but the evil in their dreams escapes through the center hole, and are no longer part of them.

製作方式及準備材料
5 inch ring
4 yds Suede Lacing
1/8inch 3yds Sinew (waxed nylon string)
1 Small Concho
12 Pony Beads
16 Pony Beads
Feathers
Scissors
Glue
Clothes Pin

If you cannot obtain the supplies, try making one using a small green branch from a tree about 1 cm in diameter and 1 meter long. Just bind the ends of the branch together and then make the web in the same way. This is just one way to make dreamcatchers, I make many different styles, and no two ever look exactly the same. Be creative, and see how many different ones your can make.

1. Cut 8 ft. of the suede lacing. Glue one end of the lacing to the ring. Wrap the suede lacing around the ring until you reach the starting point again. Be careful not to twist the lacing. Glue the end of the lacing to the ring. Hold it in place with a clothespin until the glue dries (Figure 1).

2. To make the web, tie one end of the immitation sinew to the ring (Figure 2). Make nine half hitch knots around the ring spacing them about 1-1/2" apart (Figure 3). Make the last hitch a little closer to the first knot as this prevents a large gap from forming. Keep the thread pulled snug between the knots.

3. Begin the next row of the web in the middle of the thread that you have already weaved on row 1.(Figure 4). Continue weaving in the same way until you have a small hole left in the center. Tie a double knot in the cord, add a tiny drop of glue to the knot and cut off remaining thread when dry. (Figures 5 & 6).

4. To make the loop to hang your Dream Catcher, use a 12" piece of suede lacing. Fold it in half and tie a knot in the open end. At the top of the ring, attach the lacing by slipping the loop end through the ring and then around the ring and over the knot. Pull the lacing tight to secure it in place.

5. To make the hanging sections, cut three 8" pieces of suede Tie two 8" pieces of suede lacing about one third of the way up each side of the ring using a double knot. Slip 3 colored pony beads onto each piece of lacing and secure with a knot.

6. Using the last 8" piece of lacing to attach small concho to top middle of the ring. Slip three pony beads onto each piece of lacing.

7. Finally, push two feathers up inside the beads on each piece of lacing except the one hanging from the concho. Glue the feathers if they are loose. The last 4 feathers are attatched 2 each side of the concho.

To make larger sizes : 12 inch rings needs approx. 7 yds of 1/8 suede lacing to bind it 9 inch ring - 6 yds 6 inch ring - 4 yds Remember that you will need extra suede for the laces and hanger.