Native American Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of North America...


Sioux (Lakota) Trickster God

Also known as Ikto, Iktomi, Inktomi, Unktome

Picture of the Native American Trickster God Ictinike from our Native American mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Spider Trickster God of War, Treachery and Mischief

Forget Spider-man, meet Spidergod. More like a cartoon creation, he seems to have spent most of his time trying to outsmart the Great Rabbit Manabozho. (Spidey meets Bugs Bunny).

On one occasion, or should it be episode, he tricked Manabozho out of his very skin, and impersonated the lop-eared japester. Manabozho had the last laugh as usual by giving Ictinike a large cow-hide blanket. What he didn’t tell him was that most of it was still attached to a war drum. (We haven’t seen the animation so some details are not at all clear.)

Before long there was a frenzy of pounding. Boing! Blam! Whumpetty! Kerplunk! Ictinike bounced all over the place. Finally he boinged high into the air, landed heavily on hard ground and broke his neck. Daffy Duck was never like this.

Laugh? You could split your sides. Even the idea of a spider with a neck. We must stop before we have hysterics.

Ictinike Facts and Figures

Name: Ictinike
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Ikto, Iktomi, Inktomi, Unktome

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Lakota tribe of the Sioux people of Dakota
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Mayhem
Area of expertise: Trickster, Mischief, Mayhem

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on May 24, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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