On the Trail of Spider Woman: Petrogyphs, Pictographs, and Myths of Southwest: Petrogyphs, Pictographs, and Myths of Southwest

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On the Trail of Spider Woman weaves together the stories of tiny, elusive Spider Woman as she is mythologized by the Keresan Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo people. Each tribe sees this mythic figure differently, yet there is no need to depict her in a realistic form. Instead she is described in symbols that reflect her attributes. She is a metaphor for somethinh small or invisible yet very powerful. She represents creativity, spirit, old agem and wisdom.

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On the Trail of Spider Woman weaves together the stories of tiny, elusive Spider Woman as she is mythologized by the Keresan Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo people. Each tribe sees this mythic figure differently, yet there is no need to depict her in a realistic form. Instead she is described in symbols that reflect her attributes. She is a metaphor for somethinh small or invisible yet very powerful. She represents creativity, spirit, old agem and wisdom.

Following the trail of Spider Woman means comparing the myths and stories surrounding her with images portrayed at petroglyph sites. Though the people who made the petroglyphs have since migrated to new lands, her trail stretches back into the canyons of Utah where centuries ago people lived and engraved her story on the rocks for future generations to read. The petroglyphs and pictographs are a veil between the observer and other, transcendental realms. They are a portal through which to enter the world of Spider Woman.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780941270984
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/20/1997
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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This book weaves together the stories of Spider Woman as she is revered by the Keresan Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo people. Each tribe portrays this mythic figure differently. To indigenous people there is no reason to depict her in a realistic spider form. Instead, she is described in symbols that reflect her attributes.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations...............................................................xxi

Preface..............................................................................xxiii

Acknowledgments.............................................................xxvi

Introduction..........................................................................1

Chapter 1

SPIDER WOMAN OF THE KERESAN PUEBLO PEOPLE

Tsichtinako..........................................................................7

The Keresan Pueblo Creation Myth.......................................7

Petroglyphs of Spider Woman and The Two Sisters..............9

Sun Youth (Oshach Paiyatiuma)..........................................10

Salt Creek Shield Figure......................................................11

Painted Cave......................................................................16

Yellow Woman (Ko-tcinina ko)............................................17

Five Faces Site in Davis Canyon..........................................26

Four Faces Site in Salt Creek...............................................29

Cultural Context of the Canyonlands Sites............................30

Chapter 2

SPIDER WOMAN OF THE HOPI PEOPLE

Kookyangwso'wuuti...........................................................42

The Hopi Creation Myth......................................................43

Clear Creek Canyon Sites....................................................48

Spider Woman Hill...............................................................54

Spider Woman Petroglyph Panels........................................56

Fremont Indian State Park Sites...........................................57

The Snake and Antelope Myth.............................................58

Buckhorn Wash Site............................................................65

Chapter 3

SPIDER WOMAN OF THE DINE, THE NAVAJO PEOPLE

Na'ashje'ii asdzaa.................................................................82

Spider Rock........................................................................82

The Navajo Creation Myth...................................................83

Largo Canyon Site..............................................................95

Spider Woman and Weaving.............................................100

Navajo Cultural Symbols in Weaving and Petroglyphs........101

Appendixes

Appendix A. Chromameter Readings and Five Faces Identification in Canyonlands National Park by Alan Watchman.109

Appendix B. Symbol Chart for American Indian Pictography and Sign Language. 116

Bibliography......................................................................123

Index.................................................................................129

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