Dorm keen to meaning of dreams
Posted Nov. 9, 2007

Students gathered before bedtime to learn about the nature of dreams and their origin.

The event hosted by the Student Housing and Residential Life was held in Brandt Lounge on Oct. 30 at 9 p.m.

The event was part of the Diversity Initiative for Native American Culture program.

About 12 students attended to learn about dreams, dreamcatchers and the history behind them.

The original plan was to focus the event on Native American dancing traditions but dreamcatchers seemed more practical and useful to students.

“I think it was fun to learn about the history of the dream catcher and relate them to the meaning behind them,” said Connie Elejalde, senior biology major and co-host for the event.

The dreamcatcher is a Native American Cultural pastime created by the tribe on Turtle Island. Originally, the tribe storyteller would tell the children tales that would protect their dreams.

But when the tribe began to migrate to the four corners of the world, the storyteller was unable to reach all the children and as a result, the dreamcatcher was created.

Dreamcatchers quickly replaced the storyteller’s duty to protect the dreams of children in the tribe.

It is believed that good dreams pass through the eye, the circle in the middle of the dream catcher, and all the bad dreams get caught in the outside netting.

“I think this event went really well,” said Keisha Clay, junior communications major and co-host for the event. “Not a lot of students attended but the ones that did seemed happy with the event and all the objectives for the night were fulfilled.”

After a little bit of history, those who attended the event were given the opportunity to make their own dream catchers.

“I think this event was successful, we were given a lot of great information on where dreamcatchers came from and the history of dreams,” said Lisa Tundis, senior liberal studies major. “It was very interesting and it was fun to make my own dreamcatcher. I hung mine above my bed, but I have also seen some hung in people’s cars.”

Everyone has their own personal interpretation of dreams but the hosts of the event decided to look up different tribal meanings and put dream images and their interpretations on posters that covered the walls in Brandt Lounge.

Some examples are;:if there is sailing in your dreams it may mean “emotional seas,” an island may mean a close person will leave you and arrows represent pain and misfortune.

“I really enjoyed the part with the written meanings scattered around the room,”Tundis said.

“I have a little knowledge about some of the meanings of dreams but it was fun to learn some more of the meanings.”

The night was full of knowledge and history about the Native American culture related to the dream catcher.

Marin Hummel can be reached at mhummel@ulv.edu.

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