Of Dreams and Spiders

Dream catchers are an intricate and fascinating part of Native American folklore. In modern times, there are a reminder of the history of the Native Americans, a connection to nature and spirit, and a subtle reminder to incorporate positivity in our lives.

Long ago and Native America elder was on a journey through the mountains. At the peak, an ancient spirit appeared to the elder in the form of a spider. Taking the willow hoop from the elder, the spider began to weave an intricate web.

The spider spoke to the elder about life. We begin as infants and transition from stage to stage until we are old and dependent on others, thus returning to the infant stage. Through every stage, there are forces of both good and evil that try to penetrate our lives. To live a full life, it is important to filter out the energies, keeping the good and letting the negative perish outside of our spirits.

After the spider was done speaking, he handed the elder the hoop with a completed web on it. In the center was a circle. The spider told the elder that this was an aid to help the elder and his people filter out the negative energies in their lives. The positive and good dreams knew how to avoid the web; they would work their way through the center and then slide down the feathers into the spirit of the dreamer so gently they would not even wake. The negative, evil energies would become entangled in the web and when the sun rose the dreams would perish with the light of the new day.

The dream catcher lore and tradition has survived today. Although modern dream catchers don’t always resemble the traditional Native American ones, the idea behind them stays true: to sift through the energies of the world and inspire good thoughts in the sleeper.

We want you to be a part of this. August 1st, the Seminole Inn is pleased to welcome Moonhawk (Prudy Buehl) to teach the traditional art of making dream catchers. We would love to help share our knowledge of this fascinating and beautiful traditional craft to you.

Visit our website for more information or call us at (772)-597-3777 to sign up today.

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