We've all seen dream catchers. They are decorative objects that have been part of our daily lives for several years.
It is an object that comes to us from Amerindian culture. Traditionally, the dream catcher was made with a willow branch. Most of the time, it was given a round shape, but some tribes, such as the Iroquois, gave it the shape of a drop.
I have long loved Native American culture. So much so that, as a child, when we played cowboys and Indians, I always preferred to be on the side of the Indians. Why? Why? Simply because they fascinated me. Even if the image I had been given had been distorted, they fascinated me and still fascinate me. It was therefore natural for me to create dream catchers in turn. I will never pretend to have the right way to create them. For the moment, I have never yet had a native who can explain to me how to make them in order to benefit from their virtues. Because yes, you see, dream catchers are not just decorative objects. Initially made of willow wood and casings, they let good energies and good dreams pass through the canvas and trapped negative energies and nightmares. Then, when the first rays of the sun arrived, the bad energies were dissipated.
In Amerindian culture, dreams allow communication between men and the great spirit. The dream is also the expression of the needs of the soul. Since it is essential to satisfy the needs of the soul in the same way as those of the body, it was natural to create something that would serve this purpose. Dreams, if we listen to them, allow us to free ourselves from our fears, and ensure the balance of our lives.
These are some of the things that hide behind a dream catcher, and that's also why I find them so fascinating.
Long ago, when the world was young, an old Sioux Lakota, spiritual leader of his tribe, had a vision from the top of the mountain where he stood.
In his vision, Iktomi, the great sage, appeared in his spider form. Iktomi addressed Old Lakota in the sacred language that only wizards could understand. While talking, Iktomi took a willow hoop with feathers, horse hair and pearls, and while talking he began to weave a web.
He talked about the cycles of life and how our lives began, from infant to child and from child to adult, and then to old age where we must be cared for as infants, thus completing the cycle of life. While continuing to make his canvas, Iktomi then said:
"In life, there are many forces - good or bad. If you listen to the forces of Good, they will lead you in the right direction. But if you listen to the negative forces, they will hurt you and lead you in the wrong direction. There are many different forces and directions that can help or interfere with the harmony of nature, and also with the Great Spirit and his wonderful teachings to help you make the right choices."
Saying these words, he had continued to weave his web, from the outside of a circle towards the centre. When he had finished speaking, he gave the old Sioux his work and said to him:
"See, the canvas is a perfect circle but there is a hole in its center. Use the web to help you and your people achieve your goals and make good use of your ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch the good ideas while the bad ones will go through the hole."
Old Lakota then shared his vision with his people, and since then, the Indians have been hanging dream catchers over their beds to sort through their dreams and visions. The good ones are captured by the web of life and accompany people, but the evil in their dreams falls through the hole in the centre of the web and disappears forever from their lives.
Version of the Sioux legend
There are many variations of the legend of the dream catcher. For now, I've preferred to put only the Sioux Lakota version in your hands. However, if you know of any other variations of this legend, I invite you to comment on them;)