Spider the Weaver of Life

Mana Pottery's Weaver of Life spider design

Reactions to spiders range from fascination to revulsion. Observers cannot help but admire spider’s intricate and beautiful webs but express fear at the sight of the “wee” creepy critter. In Navajo, Keresan, and Hopi lore, spider woman is the creator of the universe and is associated with the emergence of life on earth. Some Native American tribes believe it is bad luck to kill a spider. To the Osage, spiders were a special symbol of patience and endurance and to the Blackfoot, they represented intelligence and skillfulness. The spider’s ability to move in all directions symbolizes dexterity, ingenuity and fulfillment of wishes. »more Native American meanings at native-languages.org