Guaba Guarikoku, Spider walking on the Earth, was the name given to Spider by her Guardian Spirit on her first vision quest. This name reflects her life path of reconnecting the Web of Life through the teachings of Earth Wisdom.
Spider is a teacher of Medicine Wheel Wisdom. The Medicine Wheel is a sacred Spirit connection that teaches a way of living in balance with MotherEarth, a way of honoring All Our Relations through ceremony and a way of healing ourselves through walking on our foundation of truth.
Spider is a ceremonial leader and practitioner of healing ceremonies following the Taino traditions of the Caney Indian Spiritual Circle. She came to this path through apprenticeship with Taino Indian Shaman and ceremonial leader Miguel Sague, Chief Beike of the Caney Indian Spiritual Circle. Spider has been with the Caney Indian Spiritual Circle for about fifteen years. As a Clan Mother with the Caney Circle, Spider carries the wisdom of the Women's Lodge. The Medicine Wheel and spiritual teachings of the Caney Indian Spiritual Circle influence Spider's spiritual practices and written works.
Spider is also a teacher with the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge, where she has worked closely with Grandmother Twylah Nitsch for about ten years. The Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge, originally based on the Seneca Cattaraugus Reservation in New York, sponsored yearly councils where Spider participated as a teacher. Spider has also had the honor of assisting with organizing the Peace Elders Councils.
Spider is a non-native who had devoted the past twenty years to keeping the Earth honoring traditions alive. As the keeper of the Food Mother's Masks and Grandfather's Staffs, Spider has worked extensively with the Medicine Wheel. She has recreated the Women's Lodge as a format for women to honor their cycles and celebrate their life passages. Since the participation of children is welcome in all Caney Circle Ceremonies, Spider has adapted many of the stories and teachings of the Medicine Wheel for young people. Spider is married to a Cree man, Broken Limb, and they have a lovely daughter that they are raising and teaching in the Native way.
Spider is also an herbalist and teacher committed to living in harmony with MotherEarth and using her gifts wisely. These herbal recipes are prepared with love and rainbows using quality all natural materials to provide a healthy alternative to what can be purchased in stores, and are available through Spider's Herbs, a section of this website.
Publications by Spider
- Songs of Bleeding, Spider's book about Taino Women's Lodge Ceremonies, was published by Black Thistle Press in 1991 and is distributed through New Leaf Distributing.
- Vortex Energy: Creating a Doorway for Transformation and Evolution was self-published by Spider in 1992 to accompany her healing workshops. Vortex Energy was developed by Spider as a healing method to help us adapt to Mother Earth's changing energy.
- All Our Relations is a story and activity book for children. Here are the Medicine Wheel teachings in their most simplistic form. These stories and exercises in Earth awareness can be enjoyed by individual children or used to accompany scouting and educational programs.
- Grandmothers of the Four Winds is a short story of the teaching of the Medicine Wheel which are shared by four Grandmothers preparing to go to Council. As the Grandmothers speak, they take the reader on a journey exploring the gifts of the four directions.
- Grandmother Spider and the Web of Life is a book of images, stories and exercises created from a blending of ideas and activities inspired by the Wisdom Wheel of the Seneca Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, the Taino creation stories and Spider's own teachings to guide the reader in connecting with life.
- Spider's articles have been published in Moonbreath, the Caney Circle newsletter, SageWoman magazine and Point of Light spiritual journal. Additionally, Spider has recorded two musical tapes, Songs of Bleeding and Sabiduria del Cemi.
- Spider is currently working on Animal Teachers Cards For Kids, a deck of picture cards designed to share the wisdom of All Our Relations along with Medicine Wheel teachings, including simple instructions for reading the cards for personal guidance.
Website designed, created and hosted by The Healing Center On-Line © 2002 - 2008 All Rights Reserved