The Native American culture has many distinctive traditions, including the creation of “dream catchers.”  In this seminar students explore the cultural significance and artistic expression of this unique art form. Originating with the Ojibwe culture as the “spider web charm” the dreamcatcher tradition spread to other native cultures. This seminar is designed to deepen students’ appreciation for the culture of indigenous peoples and to kindle their awareness of what can be lost when a culture is denied full voice and representation.

Faculty: Andy Rodgers - Social Studies 6

Dates Offered


October 5, 2018
October 12, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Great books: The MS Media Center has a wide variety of books about indigenous cultures available for checkout.
  • Day trip: Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures
  • Road trip: Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and Chaco Culture National Park in New Mexico offer visitors insight into the extraordinary lives of the ancestral Pueblo peoples.

Why Study Indigenous Cultures?

The dreamcatcher activity fits within the justice seminar strand and is designed to build the critical skill of cultural competency. The University of Colorado defines cultural competency as “a set of congruent behaviours, knowledge, attitudes, and policies that come together,” enabling people and organizations to work effectively in cross-cultural and multicultural situations.