It is said that the dream catchers originated with the Ojibewa people. They were fashioned in the shape of a teardrop and hung near infants and young children. Sometimes a special stone or shell might be incorporated into the design. The ties in the sinew were fashioned to catch bad dreams, and the stones stopped unwanted spirits from troubling the child. The feathers that hung on the bottom were gatekeepers and only allowed good things to come to the child as it rested.