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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Comments

  1. The dreamcatcher has help my son to find a peaceful sleep for a long time. We build one together and it was very healing for both of us :) . Namaste Renee

  2. When my eldest daughter (19) was very young probably about three, she was having nightmares, a big tree outside the window of her room used to cast a huge shadow right across her curtains, I gave her a dream catcher I had bought from a native Indian retreat in Florida as a boy and told her that it will keep her safe when she sleeps as it is full of happy thoughts sweeties and fun stuff.

    She still has it to this day and sleeps with it hanging above her bed every night ;)
    A wonderful spiritual philosophy that should never be lost or forgotten.

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  4. allanbard says:

    Wow! Interesting info! I didn’t know that , thank you for sharing, this could be useful for any writer too! I love the wisdom of the Native American people, one of my favourite quotes is theirs: Earth is not ours, we just borrowed it from our children.
    Thank you for liking my post! I have a suggestion I usually post at any site/blog i like, hope you’ll like it too: using sites like zazzle.com, cafepress. com, fiverr? They could be a good way to promote your works and to help “remove” stupidity in the streets like headlines on t-shirts, fridge-magnets, cups, etc: My Boyfriend kisses Better Than Yours, FBI – female body inspector, etc. Not everything we see and think of should be about sex, right? It would be much better if there were more nice pictures (even of mythical creatures), good thoughts, poems (from any genre are welcome I guess), etc? I’m allanbard there, I use some of my illustrations, thoughts, poems from my books (like: One can fight money only with money, Even in the hottest fire there’s a bit of water, All the problems in the world lead to one – narrow-minded people, or
    Let’s watch the moon, let’s meet the sun!
    Let’s hear soon the way the Deed was done!
    Let’s listen to the music the shiny crystals played,
    let’s welcome crowds of creatures good and great…
    etc). I bet such lines look much better than the usual we see every day? Best wishes! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greeting of the water dragons’ hunters – my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).

    • AMSDaily says:

      Allan, that is a wonderful quote from the Native Americans. I would love to share that on our Facebook page, if you do not mind.
      Your suggestions are awesome. I will definitely check zazzle and see your illustrations.
      I agree with what you said regarding the unpleasant language and inspiration that are going around the street. This is why we continue to inspire through this site.
      Thank you for what you do!

  5. R.G. Riles says:

    I’m sure it’s been stated 1,000 times already – but one of the things I enjoy about your posts is the color in the images… great contrast with your general blog layout. Catches my eye from the get-go!

    I had a dreamcatcher hanging on my bed lamp from age 12-25… this is a great meminder that I should probably seek a new one sometime soon, in this time of great promise and dreams ;)

    • AMSDaily says:

      Thank you RG Riles for the compliment! Our photographers have great talents!kudos to them!
      Let me know when you will get a new one! We now have two at the house, which are both in our daughter’s room.

  6. catnipoflife says:

    My husband gave me a dreamcatcher at an aspiring moment (no special occasion, just loving) and in our recent move from Florida to Georgia, it has not surfaced. Reading your posting brought back the wonderful memories of that day and the need to once again tackle those unpacked boxes still in the storage shed!

  7. Yes that’s what I thought of it too. The legend was cool :)
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  8. I had insomnia as a kid and could never sleep- but i did my research and learned more about dream catchers- and i begged my parents to let me get one- i received this beautiful dream catcher that is a double dream catcher that has lasted me about 10 years- the craftsmanship is amazing.

    • AMSDaily says:

      Product junkie, my daughte asked for a dream catcher especially when she was having nightmares and I gave her mine. Now, she has two in her room and she keeps both of them directly behind her headboard.

  9. aawwa says:

    Lovely story!
    Lorraine

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