I have felt a connection to Native traditions for some time now, and I especially resonate with Dream Catchers, given my regular vivid dream recall coupled with my interest in symbolism and the sacred.
According to Native Americans, dreams that humans have while they sleep, are sent by sacred spirits as messages. Their Legend says that the center of the Dream Catcher has a hole, and the good dreams are permitted to reach the sleeper through this hole in the web. As for the bad dreams, the web traps them and they disappear at dawn with the first light. For this reason, dream catchers are supposed to be placed in an East facing window, so that when the first sun of the day appears the bad dreams are washed away.
The Ojibwe Tribe were apparently the very first people to make Dream Catchers as a way to protect their infants against bad dreams that could possibly come throughout the night. They kind of symbolize a spider web, and this weave seems logical given their task of protection.
I hung my Dream Catcher on my bedroom door handle the first night, yes, this was before I was told they were supposed to hang in a window, regardless though, that night I had a powerful memorable dream. My spirit was definitely sending me a message!