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Van Schaick honors its Native American history

Fourth graders at Van Schaick Grade school have been busy making "dream catchers" as they learn about the rich Native American history that is such an important part of the Cohoes heritage. The students' artwork will be featured as part of a Native American display during the city's upcoming Heritage Days celebration May 18-20, 2012. View photos of their work in progress>>

Dream catchers are a traditional Native American craft that are believed to protect someone who is sleeping from having bad dreams. According to, tradition holds that Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.