There are many Indian legends regarding dream catchers. I particularly love the one of Asibikaashi (the spider) who is said to have protected the children of the Objiwe tribe by weaving its web over their beds.
Good dreams went through the loop's web into the little one sleeping, while bad dreams became hopelessly tangled in the web... perishing in the first light of dawn.
As the tribe prospered and grew, it had to disperse to new territories. Asibikaashi could no longer weave its web over all the cribs and therefore asked the women of the tribe to help with the task. Mothers, sisters and grandmothers learned to weave the magical cloth and protect their children. Red willow sticks were used to make the hoops and deer hide to weave the fabric.
And so, dream catchers became the guardians of our nights and dreams. Pleasant thoughts glide along the feathers and fill our rooms. These feathers represent love, gentleness and kindness...
Beyond its simple grace and beauty, the dream catcher bears witness to the spiritual importance of dreams to American Indians and how they consider them essential to understanding human psychology.
The interpretation of dreams, messages from our subconscious and from the Spirits, is a common and central part of this ancient culture. It is practised in groups or in one-to-one sessions with a wise man or a shaman who will demystify or give a symbolic interpretation of these dreams.