Dreamcatcher Of Alderville First Nation

November 7, 2013

Culture, Heritage, Spirituality

Dreams play a central role in the spiritual life of the people of the First Nations. The belief is that dreams are given to us by the Creator. Yesterday I acquired my first dreamcatcher. It is made by Alexis, an intuitive and creative woman, married to a Mississaugas* chief and living in Alderville First Nation. I had the best sleep in weeks. The Creator gave me brilliant dreams.

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A First Nations legend tells that all dreams are caught in the web. Good dreams find their way through and bad dreams are trapped until the first rays until the sun destroys them.

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In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads. Wikipedia

It is not unusual in First Nation spirituality for a dream to plot the course of a person’s destiny, guiding them along their path to their place in life. ^

Photos/Story: John Zeus
*Alderville First Nation is a band of Mississaugas, a sub-nation of the Ojibwas.
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2 Comments on “Dreamcatcher Of Alderville First Nation”

  1. blog Says:

    I like this blog so much, saved to fav. “I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.” by Dorothy Parker.

    Reply

  2. Eve Steele Says:

    I love this and so glad I clicked and read! I’ve always wondered exactly why they were called dreamcatchers. This one is especially intricate and beautiful.

    Reply

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