Long ago when the world was young, an old spiritual leader of the Lakota stood on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, the great deceiver and teacher of wisdom Iktomi appeared, in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language that only the spiritual leaders of the Lakota could understand. As he spoke Iktomi, the spider, took the wreath of willow branches of the old man in which feathers, horse hair, beads and offerings were stabbed, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the old man about the life cycles. He continued, "there are many forces and different directions that can promote the harmony of nature or may hinder her, and the same goes for the great spirit and all his wonderful teachings."
When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the web to the old leader of the Lakota and said: "see, the web is a perfect circle, but there is a hole in the center of the circle. Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make a good use of the thoughts, dreams and visions of your people. If you believe in the great spirit, the web will catch your good ideas, and the bad ideas will disappear through the hole. "
The old leader of the Lakota gave his vision to his people and now the Sioux Indians use the dream catcher as the web of their lives. It hangs over their bed or in their home to select the dreams and visions. The good in their dreams is caught in the web of life and carried with them ... but the evil in their dreams escapes through the hole in the center of the web and is no longer a part of them. They believe that the dream catcher saves the fate of their future.