To most Native Americans dreams were considered to be messages or guides from the spirit world. All dreams were considered sacred (wakan) and would usually be interpreted by the Medicine Man. The Medicine Man would tell the dreamer the ceremonies he should undertake, the way he should live his life, and the responsibility within the community the spirits had gifted him.
For example, a man who dreams of the Rock has certain customs he must perform. The Rock Dreamer was used by the people to find lost items. When someone lost something they wanted to find again they would make a feast for the Rock Dreamer; the Yuwipi feast, they are from the Yuwipi Society. So powerful was the Rock Dreamer that when someone’s horse was stolen, he was able to tell about who stole the horse, where they stole it from, and where to find it. These Holy men were seen by the people as sacred (wakan), for it was believed that they couldn’t even be shot. Therefore, the Rock Dreamer also made War Medicine.
If a man was to dream about a Thunder Being or Thunderbird (Wakinyan) the he was deemed to be a Heyoka. It was believed that the Heyoka Dreamer was very scared of thunder and lightening, for they hear voices coming from the storm clouds. These Dreamers must perform certain rituals to keep Wakinyan happy. Some of these rituals include doing everything backwards and making the people laugh.
When a man is visited by the Bear Spirit in a dream he becomes part of the Bear Dreamer Society. These men are held in high esteem by the people, for the bear spirit in them gives them Bear Medicine. These Medicine Men are so sacred (wakan) that they are able to heal men wounded in battle; they are healers on battle wounded Warriors.
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