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Catch a Dream with a Dream Catcher



Catch a Dream with a Dream Catcher
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.68

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     challenging words:    pliable, twine, legend, purpose, dreams, childhood, thoughts, spiritual, strands, imagination, elder, interesting, section, tribe, ever, feeling
     content words:    Native Americans, Native American, Frances Densmore, Chippewa Indians, Chippewa Customs


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Catch a Dream with a Dream Catcher
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to remember forever because it was so special? Maybe you could act like a superhero in the dream and fly over your neighborhood...or to another planet. You might want to hold on to the feeling of a dream like that. The Native Americans made a special object to help them hold on to their special dreams. It was called a dream catcher.
 
2     A dream catcher has a round shape made from a pliable twig. Inside the circle is a mesh made from fine, beaded threads. The mesh has a small hole in its center. Often, more beaded threads with feathers hang off of the bottom of the dream catcher in groups of two or three. A dream catcher looks like a tiny spider web with beads all over it. In fact, one old Lakota legend about a spider describes what a dream catcher is supposed to do.
 
3     According to the legend, a Lakota elder saw a strange vision as he sat on a mountain top. A teacher named Iktomi appeared to him in the form of a spider. The elder didn't feel afraid because the spider had an important message for him. The spider also spoke in a special language that only spiritual leaders of the tribe knew.

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