Legend of the DreamCatcher

I Let Your Good Dreams Pass On Through,
But Bad Dreams All I Catch For You,
I'll Hold Them Fast Till Morning Light,
Then Let Those Bad Dreams All Take Flight.
'Legend of the Dream Catcher'

The Dream Catcher was originally made by tribes such as the Ojibwa (aka: Ojibwe, Ojibway and Chippewa), from a hoop of bent willow with a webbing of sinew. The Native Americans sometimes carried them in dances and ceremonies.

Hung from a baby's cradleboard or near the sleeping area in the lodge, it was believed to sort dreams. The bad dreams were caught in the web, while the good dreams flowed through to the dreamer.

The wise Natives of the plains knew that dreams hold much meaning. The night air would bring the dreams to their people, both good and bad. So a web was woven of sinew, supple wood, beads and a feather, to catch the dreams as they drifted past.

The good dreams would take the path of the web with great ease to its center and would float gently down the trail of beads, and like the feather, drift down into the minds of the sleepers below.

The bad dreams would struggle with the web and always become entangled. The night would pass on, leaving them to perish in the rays of the new day sun.

Hang one near you, and pleasant dreams!

"Gaa wiin daa-aangoshkigaazo ahaw enaabiyaan gaa-inaabid."
[Translated: "You cannot destroy one who has dreamed a dream like mine."]