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Ojibwe Word of the Day: "Bagwaajigan Nakwebiigewinini" (Dream Catcher)


Boozhoo Nanaboozhoo with Michael Lyons

Today Nanaboozhoo tells the story of the Spider-women "Asabikeshiinh-ikwe" who gave us the dream catcher "bagwaajigan nakwebiigewinini." It is the story of the spider women who taught the young moms to make the gift of the dream catcher for their babies. This custom of using the dream catchers to catch the bad dreams while letting the good dreams through is still in use today.

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.