LEGEND OF THE DREAM CATCHER
ago when the world was young, an old Lakota spiritual leader
was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision,
Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared
in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred
language. As he spoke, Iktomi the spider picked up the elder's
willow hoop which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings
on it, and began to spin a web.
spoke to the elder about the cycles of life; how we begin
our lives as infants, move on through childhood and on to
adulthood. Finally, we go to old age where we must be taken
care of as infants, completing the cycle. "But", Iktomi
said as he continued to spin his web, "in each time of life
there are many forces; some good and some bad. If you listen
to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction.
But, if you listen to the bad forces, they'll steer you
in the wrong direction and may hurt you. So these forces
can help, or can interfere with the harmony of Nature. "
While the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web.
Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the elder the web and
said, "The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center.
Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making
good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe
in the great spirit, the web will catch your good ideas
and the bad ones will go through the hole." The elder passed
on his vision to the people and now many Indian people hang
a dream catcher above their bed to sift their dreams and
visions. The good is captured in the web of life and carried
with the people, but the evil in their dreams drops through
the hole in the center of the web and is no longer a part
of their lives. It's said that the dream catcher holds the
destiny of the future.
the Dream Catchers! >>
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