TV Program Description
NOVA follows a number of scientists, including Matthew Wilson of MIT, who is literally "eavesdropping" on the dreams of rats, and other investigators who are systematically analyzing the content of thousands of human dreams. From people who violently act out their dreams to those who can't stop their nightmares, from sleepwalking cats to the rare instances of individuals who don't seem to ever dream, each fascinating case study contains a vital clue to the age-old question: What Are Dreams?
Atikamekw, a variant of the Cree language in the Algonquian family, is still in everyday use, but their land has largely been appropriated by logging companies and their ancient way of life is almost extinct.
Speaking in their native language, one woman says she dreamed of a river flooding and the waters rising toward her son. An older woman says that indicates a sickness of the soul. Then the first woman says she dreamed of the water receding and her son waving good-bye. The second woman says that means her son will be cured of his drug addiction.
Nice of What Are Dreams? to take Native customs seriously and to use them as an example of an alternative to scientific interpretation. That's the way it should be.
For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.