Spider Woman

A dream-catcher lies above his bed, and each night he touches the purple thread

bound and wrapped around a circle frame. Intricate lines that band together claim

his wall as their home. He closes his eyes and prays that the nightmares don’t come,

prays that the willow hoop would stifle and devour what lies behind his restless sleep.

He drifts off.

He awakens at dawn, blinks once, twice,  as sunlight fills his room, feeling at ease

as he shakes sleep from his bones. He looks to his dream-catcher, notices the drops of

dew like a spring shower nestling on the cotton webs. He sees a spider crawl out from

behind the feathers and beads. He leaves it be …

The legend was that the bad dreams would be caught in the dream catcher’s web. The ancient story told by the Objibwa tells of Asibikaashi (Spider Woman) who along with Wanabozhoo brought the sun to the people. Asibikaashi still takes care of her people today; however, since the Ojibwa nation has spread to the four corners of North America, it is difficult to make this journey. So mothers, sisters, and grandmothers took it upon themselves to make the weaving webs for the new babies.The shape is of a circle as that is how the sun travels each day. The web allows for the bad dreams to be caught and the open circle in the center permits the good thoughts to come through. 

– From BlueFeatherSpirit


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