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Legendary Native American Figures: Spider Grandmother (Koyangwuti, Kokyangwuti)
Name: Spider Grandmother
Tribal affiliation: Hopi
Name in Hopi: Koyangwuti
Also spelled: Kokyangwuti, Kookyangwso'wuuti, Kookyangw Wuuti, Kokyangwuti, Kohkang Wuhti, Kóhk'ang Wuhti, Kohkangwuhti
Pronunciation: koh-kyang-woo-tee or koh-kyang-so-woo-tee
Also known as: Spider Woman, Old Spider Woman
Type: Creator goddess, spider,
Related figures in other tribes: Spider Woman (Navajo)
Spider Grandmother is the special benefactor of the Hopi tribe. In the Hopi creation myths,
Spider Grandmother created humans from clay (with the
assistance of Sotuknang and/or Tawa), and was also responsible for leading them to the Fourth
World (the present Earth.)
Spider Grandmother Stories
The Spider Woman and the Twins:
Hopi legend about the birth of Spider Grandmother and her first creations.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
The Fourth World of the Hopis:
Excellent collection of Hopi legends, stories, and prophecies, including the creation cycle of Spider Grandmother.
And It Is Still That Way:
Charming anthology of legends told by Hopi and other Arizona Indian children.
Spider Spins A Story:
Beautiful children's book presenting Native American spider stories from many tribes, including the Hopi.
The Fourth World of the Hopis
Arizona Indian tribes
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