Long ago there was an old Indian chief and his daughter. The
chief guided his tribe with the help of kind spirits who visited him in
his dreams. His people prospered and lived in harmony with their world.
As time passed, the chief was visited more often by evil spirits. His
people became confused and grew careless. The chief's daughter, searching
for a way to help him, remembered something she had learned from an old
wise woman. Taking a stick she bent it into a circle to represent the
endless cycle of life. She then wove a many pointed star so that each
point represented one of the gifts of the universe. All that is green
and growing, all that moves and breaths, the different elements, Mother
Earth herself, the clouds and stars, and all things we cannot touch. Every
point was necessary to support the web. The feather and beads; representing
the sky, water, animals, soil and plants, were added at the end.
The daughter explained that the web should be hung above the chief’s
bed to catch the evil spirits, while the good spirits would travel through
the hole in the middle. Thus the chief grew in strength and wisdom, and
his people regained their balance and prosperity. And from that day forth,
they have kept dream catchers above their beds.