Based on NaPoWriMo’s Day 2 prompt: An uncommon myth. Native legend
Wind came whispering~ I am coming with storms,
fierce dark clouds in my command, will fill valleys, canyons, even arroyos with rivers-
And all will carry my waves, five days strong. Feel my way. See my words.
Boy thought of Her, the Great Weaver, cocoon filled, eggs awaiting
their day. Creator Spirit Spider- how will she thrive? I must go, he said, move her
from loss, destruction, this wayward wind, take her from this flood. Believe me. See me.
At cave’s entrance, Spider Woman felt Boy approach, stopped her spinning, saw his worry wearing raw a sweetgrass basket, hands and nerves, searching for words…
‘Iron Child, she said, where will you take me, me and my young to fill this world? Hear me, answer me.
Silk Maker- I must take you on a journey to Mesa, keep you safe. He began to untie her silks wrapped tight to Cocoon, unweaving each fiber from its hold. With trust, Mother Spider climbed atop Creation’s cocoon, let Boy gently lay them inside Basket. Sleep now, while I fly.
Clouds came. Chaos Wind with sand from moons away. Boy quickening his steps, outran wind, its deluge, ran until he saw Window on Worlds, highest mesa, but the ground before him was wild, a churning sea. Tumult. Spider could feel fear well up in Boy’s heart. Shhhh Boy, hold fast, hold tight.”
With this, Spider Woman threw one long thread, from her longest black arm, strong and high
over sea and wind to juniper of mesa. It’s thread thick, doubled and braided itself, triplet and taut, made a rope, a road, a bridge, a way, for Boy and his Basket. Iron Boy, Spider Woman and all of Creation.
Inspired by a story of a girl saving spiders and the Hopi Creation Myth. Spider Rock- Canyon DeChelly
http://www.native-languages.org/legends-spider.htm Spiders play important roles in the mythology of many Native American tribes. In Southwestern tribes, spiders are associated with the culturally important art of weaving, and wise spider goddesses give their assistance to the people as culture heroes. On the other hand, many Plains tribes feature Spider as a rough trickster god, ranging from an inappropriate but entertaining rogue in some stories to a violent and slightly deranged criminal in others. To the Osage, spiders were a special symbol of patience and endurance. To the Blackfoot, they represented intelligence and skilfulness. The Ojibwe associated spider webs with their dream catchers, a type of traditional hand-woven Ojibwe craft meant to filter out bad dreams which has become popular among many tribes today. And to many Native Americans, it still is considered bad luck to kill a spider today.
Spiders are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Spider Clans include the Hopi tribe, whose Spider Clan is named Kookyangwngyam or Koking-wungwa.