Activities in Action: Dream-catchers with Katie Leu

Today we highlight an activity submitted by Katie Leu.  Here is what she had to say:

In the US November is Native American Heritage month.  As a fun learning activity for kids in the village we made dream-catchers.  The Ojibwe (Chippewa) were the first tribe to make dream-catchers before they became popular as a Native American craft.  Now, many tribes in the US make them. They were originally made out of willow branches with left over leather materials, beads and feathers; whatever scraps were laying around.  After completion, the dream-catcher is hung above a bed and is supposed to “catch” all of the bad dreams, leaving you with only good ones. According to Konrad J. Kaweczynski, “Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.”

The kids loved going outside to find twigs and other items to make something they had never heard of before. In the end, they all had wonderful crafts to bring home to ward off bad dreams.

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