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End of the year Closing Ceremony-Ojibwa Dream Catcher

posted Feb 6, 2011, 5:37 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU
Have the girls first make dream catchers.  One source for kits is Orientaltrading.com. 

 

Opening (each girl is given a piece of paper to read):

Girl 1:  Today we celebrate the completion of another year of _______ (Brownies, etc).  This year we have learned many things (list things).   Today as part of our ceremony, we will use something we learned about the Ojibwa culture and the meaning of dream catchers.

Main Part

Girl 2:  According to the Ojibwa legend, a dream catcher protects the dreams of the sleeper. The opening in the center of the hoop lets the good dreams pass through to the sleeper.

 Girl 3:  The network around the sides of the hoop catches the bad dreams and snares them. In the morning when the sun rises, it melts away the bad dreams and they disappear. 

 Girl 4:  Ojibwas mothers made dream catchers to protect the sleep of their children, by letting their happy dreams slip through.

 Girl 5: There are many kinds of dreams. There are sleeping dreams and there are wide-awake dreams.  Our dreams can be a source of power and inspiration.

 Girl 6: As we share with one another the dream catchers that we each have made, we will also share with each other one of our special wide-awake dreams for the future.

 Each girl individually:  This is my dream catcher. A dream I have for the future is ________________________.  After each dream, each girl receives her membership star.    

 Closing

Girl 7:  As we look at our dream catchers, let us dream of the many ways the future can be a wonderful place.

 Girl 8:  Let us work to release the unhappy thoughts that slip into our dreams, and to create the happy future we dream about. 

 Girl 9:  Let us celebrate the completion of another year of brownies and dream of all the wonderful things we can do next year.

 Girl 10:  And let us strive to be the kind of girls and brownies who can always achieve our dreams.  Please join me in ending our ceremony with a friendship circle. 

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