These beautiful webs were spun on the footbridge rail at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. They sparkled like jewels – the morning dew clinging to the strands caught the light. How strong they must be to withstand being covered in water. I was not much a fan of spiders, until I lived in New Mexico. I was introduced to the idea of the spider as a goddess and a helper. Now I have less fear and more honor. How many spiders worked on these webs I wonder.
Spider Woman is one of the most important deities of traditional Navajo religion. The Navajo Spider Woman is their constant helper and benefactor. She taught the people the arts of weaving and agriculture, and appears in many legends and folktales to “save the day,” protect the innocent, and restore harmony to the world.
Books:you might be interested in:
Ziiniyah: How The Corn Was SIved:
Bilingual picture book telling the story of a Navajo boy who goes in search of Spider Woman to save his people’s crops.
The Magic of Spider Woman:
Beautifully illustrated picture book based on Navajo Indian legends about Spider Woman and the art of rug weaving.