The most famous of all the dots ever connected. So well-known that people pretend to see it even when they don't. There are seven stars, eight if you count correctly. One of them is tiny, little, and wee, and is attempting to hide behind the handle.
America calls it the dipper, which is a wonderfully descriptive name that originates from Africa. Astronomical nomenclature is just one of the many fringe benefits of slave ownership. Back when slavery was more fashionable, a peg-legged banjo picker wrote a diddy about finding the way northward to where the people didn't hate freedom nearly as much, and the dipper figured strongly in the refrain. Black folks recalled the words to the song which helped guide them, so they could sufficiently distance themselves from the sound of Dixie being whistled.
Like the gods, the Big Dipper has about as many names as there are peoples. It's the wagon to some, or the plow to others, or the wagon to some others. The Wagon is a pretty popular choice. It's one of those super long-tongued type wagons, like the trailers that the big dump trucks are pulling around now days. The tongue is bent in the middle like maybe they turned a corner too tight and took out a utility pole.
Iroquois and other linguistically related native tribes call it the Hunters and the Bear. The tiny illusive star in the handle is a little dog named Hold Tight because he's kind of a wussy dog when it comes to bear hunting so he "holds tight" to one of the hunters, peeking out from between his legs.