Originating from the Ojibwe Tribe, the legend for how dreamcatchers began goes as follows:
A grandmother watched patiently each day as a spider spun his web above her sleeping place until one day her grandson noticed the spider and tried to kill it. "Don't hurt him," She told the boy in a soft tone. When the grandosn left the spider thanked the woman for her protection and offered her a gift. "I will spin you a web that hangs vetween you and the moon so whn you dream it will snare the bad thoughts and keep them form you." At this, the grandmother smiled and continued to watch the spider spin his web.
The Hoop: Represents the circle of life.
The Web: Catches the bad dreams, keeping them from the dreamer.
The Beads: Represents the bad dreams that got trapped during the night.
Feathers: Represents a soft ladder for the good dreams to slide down into the dreamers mind.
Outer Circle: Indicated all things are made of yin and yang.
Around the circle: Shows natural cycle from yin to yang and back to yin again.
Center of circle: the calm in the midst of the storm. Stillness in movement.
The dots: Indicate there is no absolute yin or yang, each contains some of the other.
Yin: Black side, passive female principle of the universe. Associated with Earth, dark, and cold.
Yang: White side, active male principle of the universe. Associated with heaven, heat, and light.