Community / 20th July 2023
Dandry Dreamcatcher: more than just dreams
Record breaking dreams have been woven into Coonabarabran’s history with the Dandry Dreamcatcher.
Amongst the trees of Warrumbungle Shire lies Coona’s best kept secret.
The world’s biggest dreamcatcher hangs above a creek bed, measuring over 13 metres in diameter.
The brains behind the record-breaking idea came from Matty Hunter and the community from Dandry and surrounds.
“I do whatever, I’m a real whatever doer,” Mr Hunter said.
Although the idea to build a world record breaking dreamcatcher was exciting, the Dandry community did not realise the profound effect it would have on their lives.
Marany Chan aided Mr Hunter in the building process to help bring the idea to life.
“It tore us apart at one point, but we continued on and it brought us together more than ever,” Mrs Chan said.
It appeared to bring a sense of respect for the land and highlights the significance of culture here in Coonabarabran.
The dreamcatcher took over two weeks to build.
“It was like time stood still for those two weeks,” Mrs Chan said.
All materials had to be natural and true to a traditional, Native American dreamcatcher in order to pass the Guinness World Record requirements.
Using organic jute rope, locally harvested willow, bamboo and pine, the construction of the dreamcatcher reflects the local environment.
The 13-point web is representative of the 13 phases of the moon and was synchronistically raised during the lunar eclipse.
“The dreamcatcher has much feminine symbolism,” Mr Hunter said.
Female Black Cockatoo feathers, created by artist Shannon Stone, is an ode to the dreamcatcher being on Gamilaroi Country.
The Gamilaroi Nation is a female nation, one of warriors.
Every part of the web coincides with the other, leading back to the femininity of the moon.
Another brain to the operation, Peter Humphriss, explained the efforts behind the Black Cockatoo feathers alone.
“The feathers themselves were six to seven feet tall with over eight hundred welds to create the feathering effect,” Mr Humphriss said.
Dreamcatchers originate in Native American culture. The Dandry community wanted to ensure Native American tribes were also respected throughout the process.
The community was given a blessing by Chief Robert Sanctum, from the United Sovereign Tribes of North America, who holds the story of the dreamcatcher.
The Guinness World Records has Lithuania holding the official title, coming in at just over 10 metres in diameter.
The Dandry community will make it official in the future when the time comes.
For now, it remains a symbolic marker of how a strong community really can make dreams come true.