Dream Catchers: Weaving Connections between Geometry and Algebra

David Thompson
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For 500 years, dream catchers have been cultural symbols of intrigue worldwide. The most common folkloric design is a 12-point dream catcher. According to Native American legend, the first dream catcher was woven by a “spider woman” to catch the bad dreams of a chief's sick child. Once the bad dreams were caught, the chief's child was healed (Oberholtzer 2012). The basic design has been used for 500 years and is similar to the weaving of a spider's web.

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David Thompson, dsthompson01@bcps.k12.md.us, is a high school math teacher at Digital Harbor High School, a public school in Baltimore, Maryland. He enjoys teaching real-world applications of mathematics. Thompson has conducted workshops for students on the mathematics of dream catchers in the Math Club of Digital Harbor High School and at the 2016 Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference.

(Corresponding author is Thompson dsthompson01@bcps.k12.md.us)
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