"A spider was spinning his
web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of
Nokomis, the Grandmother. Nokomis watched the spider at work,
quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her
grandson came in. "Nokomis-iya" he shouted, glancing at the
spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe and went
to hit it.
"No-keegwa" the old lady
whispered, "donít hurt him." Nokomis, why do you protect the
spider?" asked the little boy.
The old lady smiled but did
not answer. When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman
and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "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 his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as
he went. 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."
Legend states that dreams are
messages from sacred spirits. The Dreamcatcher represents the
web of life and itís job is to sift the dreams of those sleeping
nearby. Bad dreams are caught on the web and disappear with the
morning sun. Good dreams pass through the center hole and are
fulfilled in the sleeperís destiny.