It’s a creepy, crawly time of year and there are few creatures that spark fearful reactions as much as spiders. But the arachnid is also a critical part of many traditional origin stories. Spiders also have lessons to teach in many cultures. Spider Woman is critical to the Navajo creation story. For Lakota, it is Iktomi, a trickster who takes many forms and often plays the role of a fool. What do spiders represent in your community?
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) – activist, poet, author
Adam Teller (Navajo) – storyteller and Canyon de Chelly tour guide and business owner
Break Music: Eensie Weensie Spider (song) Radmilla Cody (artist) Precious Friends: Songs For Children (album)