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Caterpillars do not play a prominent role in the Native American folklore of most tribes. Like other small animals and insects, they sometimes appear in legends as symbols of meekness and humility. In the Navajo culture, caterpillars have more mythological importance. Tobacco Horn Worm (a sphinx moth caterpillar) helps the people by driving away water monsters in the Navajo emergence myth, then reappears later to cure the poisoned culture heroes. Although modern tobacco farmers consider this type of caterpillar a pest, Navajo farmers believed they had a more symbiotic relationship, and the hornworm caterpillar was valued for its powers over tobacco medicine.
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