The Dreamcatcher: Dreams of Wellbriety

A dreamcatcher was gifted to Aurora Recovery Centre recently from one of our members, Stacy M. He created a plaque and a dreamcatcher to be viewed by all who enter our recovery centre. The plaque states that “When you walk into Aurora and see this dream catcher, it will catch the nightmare that’s been our lives, and as we walk out it will release new positive dreams to help you on the new adventure”

During Stacy’s stay here at Aurora, he was usually observed mindfully creating dozens of dreamcatchers that he gifted to other members and staff. Stacy demonstrated great leadership and wellbriety while actively participating in cultural ceremonies.

Our CEO Paul Melnuk was honoured to receive the beautiful dreamcatcher on behalf of Aurora; it will be displayed in the foyer along with the plaque.

This was a very special gift for all of us and we would like to share the story of the dreamcatcher with you….

The Ojibwe Dreamcatcher Legend

The Ojibwe word for a dreamcatcher is ‘Asabikeshiinh’. This term is the inanimate word for spider. According to American ethnographer Frances Densmore, the origin of the dreamcatcher lies in the folktale of the Asibikaashi. The Asibikaashi was believed to be a type of human and spider hybrid, who along with Wanabozhoo, brought the sun to the people of the land.

After this, they became caretakers of the children, the tribe, and the land. The story goes on to say that as the Ojibwe tribe began to occupy more territory it became more taxing for the Asibikaashi to tend to all the land. This led to the tribal women spinning web-shaped ornaments out of willow, sinew or cord to give to children and infants as protective charms. It was thought that these charms would catch any evil or bad dreams that might be in the air, similar to how a spider web catches whatever flies into it.

Kevin Koroscil (Nii Gaani Inini -Leading Man)
Traditional Care Counsellor

Read more of Kevin’s traditional teachings:

Traditional Teachings by Kevin: Humility

WAWATAY: Kevin’s Traditional Teachings