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A Story of the Dreamcatcher | Poem




      Long ago in the days of the ancestors, some of the children of thepeoplewere having strange, frightening dreams.

      As the children talked to other children, the troubling dreams spreadamongthem like a plague.

      The parents of the children were concerned. The people wanted theirchildrento be happy but they didn’t know what to do.

      The people went to talk to the shaman. The shaman listened patiently asthe parents told him about their distress.

      The shaman told the parents that he could help. But he would need tospendsome time in counsel with the spirits before he would have a solution.

      The shaman would have to enter the dream world to find the answer.

      Upon entering the dream world the shaman was approached by the fourelements:Air, Earth, Water and Fire.

      Air had already heard of the parent’s concern, and had carried themessageon the wind to the other elements.

      All the spirits in the dream world loved the children and wanted tohelpreturn the children to their state of peaceful sleep.

      The elements and the shaman dreamed together for a long time. Theyfinallycame to understand that:

      Air could carry the children’s dreams.

      Earth could hold the dreams within her hoop.

      Water could wash and separate dreams - the wanted from the unwanted.

      Fire could use the morning sun to burn up the unwanted dreams that arecaught in the web.

      Now all they needed was something to capture the dreams as they werecarriedby the air. Try as they might, the shaman and the elements could notthinkof a way to catch the dreams.

      Grandmother Spider had been listening!

      She said, "Beautiful, loving elements, I can help you as you help meeveryday." Grandmother Spider continued, "I can weave a special web thatonlywanted dreams can escape down to the dreamer."

      And so she did, and the first Dreamcatcher was made.

      The shaman brought the dreamcatcher with him when he made his journeybackfrom the dream world.

      All of the families of the people made dreamcatchers. The families hungthem above where the children slept, in a place that was seen by thesun.

      No longer were the children troubled by unwanted dreams. Instead theyhadhappy dreams and peaceful sleep.

      And so, at last, Great Spirit looked into the dreams of the childrenandsmiled?

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