The Sioux are a confederacy of several tribes that speak three different dialects, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. The Lakota also called the Teton Sioux, comprise of seven tribal bands, the most extensive and farthest west of the three groups occupying the lands of North and South Dakota. The Lakota people are a fiercely strong and powerful tribe whose leaders and warriors have achieved the status of legends the world over, like Red Claw, American Horse, Young Man Afraid of His Horses, Red Horn Buffalo, and Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse is the Lakota’s hero, held in high esteem and legend in the tribe. The Seven Lakota Values, given by the White Buffalo Calf Woman, have suffered through language loss and today’s fast-paced, technological lifestyle. The values include Praying, Respect, Caring and Compassion, Honesty and Truth, Generosity and Caring, Humility, and Wisdom.
It is believed that dream catchers originated from the Ojibwa people, but Lakota people (indigenous group from North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska, aka Teton Sioux) also made them. Their purpose was to protect sleepers, especially children, from bad dreams, nightmares, and evil spirits. Native Americans believed that at night the air was filled with dreams, both good and bad. The Sioux use the dreamcatchers as the web of their life. Traditionally, it is hung above their beds or homes to sift their dreams and notions. Promising visions are captured in the web of life and carried with them, but the evil imaginations escape through the center’s hole and are no longer part of the dreamers’ life. Most cultures believe that when a single bead is used, it represents the spider that spun the web, but several beads woven into the web represent the number of bright and hopeful dreams captured during the night that have transformed into sacred charms.
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