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Dreams have had many meanings to Native Americans. Being part Cherokee, Apace and two other NA DNA, I have several dream catchers around my house. I have big ones with wolves, Native Americans with feathers and beads and the original kind with feathers and beads. They say they catch bad dreams. I have strange dreams but not bad or nightmares. I would like to think they help. This is what I found out about dream catchers.

Hang a dream catcher in your house. The night air brings good and bad dreams. The dream catcher when hung, moves freely in the air and catches dreams as they float by. The good dreams know the way and slip through the center hole and slide gently down the soft feather and the person hardly knows that he or she is dreaming. Bad dreams get tangled in the web and perish with the first light of day.

A feather goes in the center of the dream catcher. It means breath or fresh air. It is essential for life. The feather of the owl is kept for wisdom {for the woman} and a eagle feather is kept for courage{for men}.

Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwe people and later were adopted by other tribes. Some consider a dream catcher a symbol of unity among various Indian nations. I have heard that only ones made by Native Americans fulfill the purpose of catching bad dreams.

Mothers and grandmothers weave magical webs for children using willow hoops and sinew or cordage made from plants. Dream catchers only allow good thoughts to enter one's mind. The dream catcher is hung above the bed. This makes sense. This is where a person sleeps and the good dreams can filter through and keep bad dreams out. They have been hung on top of a baby's cradle as well.

This is a story or legend of how the dream catcher got started.

Each day, Nokomis, an Indian woman watched a spider spinning away on his web. One day as she was watching, her grandson ran in. He yelled and picked up a shoe and was going to hit the spider with it.

"No-keegwa". The old lady whispered. "Don't hurt him."

"Nokomis, why do you protect the spider" asked the little boy.

The old lady smiled but didn't answer. The little boy left and the spider went to the woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said: "For many days, you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life. I will give you a gift." He smiled and moved away and kept spinning his web. Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "See how I spin?" he said. "See and learn for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web."

I don't like spiders but if I see one making a web, I won't harm him. He will be making me a dream catcher. I recently bought a Dream Catchers Coloring Book and I can't wait to color them and be creative. I hope you will buy dream catchers and hang them around your bed. There are some beautiful ones out there. I may learn to make some of my own. They make for nice decorations. Hope you have enjoyed reading this.

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