Iktomi is a trickster god in Lakota lore; a shapeshifter who often appears as a spider.
There is a prophecy that stated Iktomi would spread his web over the land. Today, this has been interpreted by some contemporary Native Americans to mean the telephone network, and then the internet and world wide web. Iktomi has been considered by the Lakota from time immemorial to be the patron of new technology, from his invention of language he gave to the people to today's modern inventions, such as the computer or robots. Many Lakota today consider Iktomi to be the god of the Europeans, who (they claim) seem to readily follow in his (to them) bizarre behavior and self entrapping tricks.
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