The Legend of the Dreamcatcher

A few days ago my husband received a packet from the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD of which contained stickers, address labels, notepads and a beautiful dreamcatcher. Inside the packet was also a letter from the school about the legend of the dreamcatcher. It goes:

Native Americans of the Great Plains believe that the air is filled with both good and bad dreams.

According to legend, the good dreams pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The bad dreams are trapped in the web, where they perish in the light of dawn.

Historically, dreamcatchers were hung in the tipi or lodge and on a baby’s cradle board.

I was particularly touched by the contents of the packet, but more so with the story of the dreamcatcher. You must have read about it (as I have) in the past, but receiving such a special gift with the story behind it makes more meaningful.


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