Spider Spins a Story: Fourteen Legends from Native America, 1997 first edition by Native American artists.


Edited by Jill Max (Kelly Bennet and Ronnie Davidson). Illustrated by various artists. First edition, first impression, 1997. Rising Moon, Books for Young Readers from Northland Publishing.

The Legend of the Loom
A Navajo Legend

A Navajo weaver always sits with her legs folder under to the right side. She weaves a spirit line from an interior background to the edge of each rug to allow her "thinking spirit" to escape when the rug is finished.

"In a time not long after the First Man created the mountains and rivers, and put the light in the sky; not long after the First Woman created the sun and the moon; and not long after the Coyote scattered the stars across the heavens, the Navajo called White Shell Woman lived with her people in the land of golden canyons and red rock bluffs."

Spider Spins a Story features the spider character in various forms and roles, such as a trickster, a teacher, a creator, and a helper. The stories are drawn from different tribes and cultures: Kiowa, Tewa, Zuni, Wiyat, Osage, Muskogee, Navajo, Achomawi, Cherokee, Hopi, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Lakota.

Stories and Illustrators
The Great Flood - Kiowa, Benjamin Harjo
How the Tewas Found Their True Home - Tewa, Michael Lacapa
Swift Runner and Trickster Tarantula - Zuni, Baje Whitethorne
How the Spider Got Its Web - Wiyat, Robert Annesley
Osage Spider Story - Osage Legend, Redwing T. Nez
The Hunter and the Spider - Muskogee, S. D. Nelson
The Legend of the Loom - Navajo, Baje Whitethorne
Rainbow Makers - Achomawi, Redwing T. Nez
Spider, the Fire Bringer - Cherokee, Robert Annesley
Spider Woman Creates the Burro - Hopi, Michael Lacapa
How the Half-Boys Came to Be - Kiowa, Robert Annesley
Wihio Meets One of the Little People - Cheyenne, Benjamin Harjo
Iktomi and Buzzard - Lakota, Redwing T. Nez
Dreamcatcher Story - Muskogee, Benjamin Harjo

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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light ruffling along the top edge. Illustrated cover boards. Name on front fly leaf else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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