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Remix of the Spiderweb

Odawa Tale

By Sheila L. ChingwaPublished 7 months ago 4 min read
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Remix of the Spiderweb
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Darkness began to fall on the two young braves as they ended their hunting day in the northern Odawa forest. The underbrush of the canopy’s leaves shivered with a slight breeze lofting through the air. The two young braves walked together over the leaf and debris ridden forest floor. Through the leaves the moon shown through, scaring away the darkness.

From the leaves was a little spider drew out her web and began to fly through the canopy. The little spider flew joyfully on the wind until it reached the ground. Once there, she noticed a nice bush and began to scurry over to it. Its little eight legs worked hard to crawl over pebbles and dirt to get to her destination. She was so excited to get to her new home, she didn’t notice the two braves coming towards her.

The two boys chatted as they walked and stopped when they noticed the spider crossing their path. Their eyes watched the creature scurrying over the dirt and leaves and admired her determination to make it across the leaves. However, boys being boys, one thought, ‘I am going to squash her and put her out of her misery.’ He began to lift his foot to stomp on the poor thing when the other boy stopped him.

“No, stop! She is one of our crawly brothers. This is one of Creator’s children so we mustn’t kill it.”, said the little brave to the other.

The two boys carefully stepped over the spider and began to meander their way to their home. The spider watched the two boys continue down the trail. She thought, ‘That was very kind of the one boy to protect me from the awful deeds of the other.’ she thought. Perhaps I should reward the one for such deeds. She looked up to the sky and threw her web into the air. A moment later, her web carried her to the back of the boy who protected her. She silently rode on his back, unknown by them.

The night sat in, and the boys settled into their lodge with their families. The little spider hid herself and watched the family work together to make a meal of fish. She smiled as they leaned back on mother earth as they watched the flames flicker in the firepit. She smiled as the mother tucked her little ones into their blankets for the night. It wasn’t long before the night showed the little brave thrashing in nightmarish dreams. It was clear what she could do to reward they boys and family.

As the family slept, she crawled to the highest point of the lodge and began. As wonderful as the creator made her, she began to toil at the job she decided to do. The minutes passed and she crawled from link to link through the night as the family slept.

The creator smiled when he heard the spider’s plea for help. To cover the hole of the teepee, she asked for his assistance to spread the web across the great divide. One breath of wind pushed her one way then another gust of wind from another direction pushed her to make the connection quicker. She was grateful that the chore came along quicker than normal. She smuggled in and watched the family sleep is peaceful slumber as she tended to her web. The Creator smiled and placed a blessing on her.

The spider stood guard over the young brave and his family. She tended to the web. Through the night the nightmares stuck to the web, and she would rid them from the teepee. Through the night, she worked to keep her web cleaned and the family slept well into the morning.

The little brave smiled as he looked up from his spot to see the glistening web above his head. He could see a little speck in the web, and he stood to see the spider tucked into the side. He yawned and looked at her and went to greet her.

“Good morning my dear spider!” said the brave.

“Good morning young brave!” she said from up high.

The braves eyes searched every white silverly strains stretched across the hole and questioned, “What brings you here my lady?”

“Oh, I am here to thank you for saving me. I am a spirit spider, and the Creator gave me to the gift to weave a web to catch the nightmares and keep them away from your family.” the spider said as she cut a wrapped nightmare from her web. “Only the good dreams will visit you and your family now.”

That night, as the moon’s light showed through the hole of the teepee, the brave watched the spider busy at work. Dark shadows landed in the web and the spider wrapped them up and threw them out the smoke hole. The young brave watched as the moon’s rays as it lit the good dreams as they passed through the holes of the webs. Night after night the spider toiled at her work as the brave watched her protect his family just like he protected her.

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About the Creator

Sheila L. Chingwa

Welcome to my world.

Welcome to my thoughts.

I am proud to be a Native American Elder born and raised in Northern Michigan. Thanks to my hard work I have a B.A. in Education and a Masters in Administration and Supervision in Education.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran7 months ago

    Awww, that boy was so sweet to protect the spider and she was so sweet to produce a dreamcatcher for him! Such a wonderful story!

  • Denise E Lindquist7 months ago

    And the dreamcatcher was born❤️Thank you😊💕

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