Ojibway Nation Story
Many years ago, before the settlers and the black robes came to our land, people had plenty of meat, fish, roots and berries to eat. If the animals and other things just about ran out, people moved to another place.
But after those other people arrived our people were made to settle down, and soon they were running out of food and skins for clothing. Soon they were starving and having nightmares. Hunters went out but most of the time they came back empty handed. Women could not plant the three sisters (corn, squash and beans) as all the fertile land was taken by the others.
One day the Creator looked down on Mother Earth and saw all the suffering. So He called the Spider Woman to Him and said to her:” My people are suffering, go down and see what you can do for them.”
So the Spider Woman went down and looked around and saw what caused all the grief. Then she called all the Elders together to a meeting and said to them, “Take a twig of a willow, about this long and bend it like this, tie it where the ends cross, then I will put my web onto it. At night you hang the Dreamcatcher over your head, the web will catch all the bad dreams and the hole in the middle of the web will let the good dreams go to you.
In the morning you hang the Catcher of Bad Dreams in Grand Father Sun’s shine and it will dissolve all the bad dreams. You will suffer no more.
So it happened and happens even these days.
I work with Muskwa International Foundation Inc. which is an entity that was formed to assist the street children in the Philippines, mostly in Manila and Davao, the two largest cities in the Philippines. You can find out about their projects here Street Children and Natural Disasters.
The stories I tell here I learned from the Elders and Story tellers and I am passing them on with their blessings. These stories can be anything from 4,000 to 5,000 years old.