The Spider Grandmother is creator of the world in Southwestern Native American religions and myths such as that of the Pueblo and Navajo peoples. According to mythology, she was responsible for the stars in the sky, she took a web she had spun, laced it with dew, threw it into the sky and the dew became the stars.
Playwright Murray Mednick wrote seven one-act plays called The Coyote circles  with the same four characters: Coyote, Coyote trickster, Spider Grandmother and Mute Girl. These same characters come from traditional native American stories and myths.
Traditional Navajo/Diné limit the telling of stories involving Spider Grandmother to the winter months, known as "the season when Thunder sleeps", when it is safe to discuss certain dangerous spirits, such as Spider Woman and Northern Thunder (whence the season takes its name), and esoteric topics, such as the Emergence narrative.
Traditionally, the stories involving Spider Grandmother are narratives passed down orally from generation to generation. Susan Hazen-Hammond, author of "Timelines of Native American History," and at least eight other movies, has gathered numerous tales collected from various tribes and written these narratives in her book, Spider Woman's Web. In this book, Spider Grandmother is also referred to by the names Spider Woman and Spider Old Woman.
G. M. Mullett has also written a book documenting the oral legends of the Spider Woman specific to the Hopi Indians. In these narratives, Spider Woman is also known as the Earth Goddess, by the name of Kokyangwuti.
 See also
- Teotihuacan Spider Woman
- Spider Man, Spider Woman and Weaving section of the Diné Bahaneʼ article
- Folklore and mythology section of the Cultural depictions of spiders article
- The Coyote Cycles, Padua Playwright's Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0-9630126-1-6
- Allan and Paulette Macfarlan (1958). Handbook of American Indian Games, p.189. ISBN 978-0-486-24837-0.
- Timelines of Native American History Penguin Group (USA) 1997 ISBN 978-0-399-52307-6
- Spider Woman's Web, published by Penguin Group (USA) 1999 ISBN 978-0-399-52546-9
- Spider Woman Stories, published by The University of Arizona Press, 1979. ISBN 0-8165-0621-3
- "Kokyangwuti". MythologyDictionary. Retrieved 23 November 2012. "A creator-goddess of the Hopi. Daughter of Sotuknang"
- "Spider Woman / from the Hopi people". Resources for Indigenous Peoples' Religious Traditions. John Carroll University. Retrieved 23 November 2012. "This story is taken from Leeming, The World of Myth, 36-39; Leeming cites G. M. Mullett, Spider Woman Stories: Legends of the Hopi (Tucson, AZ: 1979), 1-6."
- Frachtenberg, Leo J. (1913). Coos texts. California University contributions to anthropology (Vol. 1). New York: Columbia University Press. P.61
- Spider-Old-Woman: — Coos people story from Internet Sacred Text Archive, collected by Leo J. Frachtenberg (1913).
- Spider Woman and the Holy Ones — Din'eh story by Adam Teller and Grandma Thompson.
- Grandmother Spider Steals Fire — creation myth of the Choctaw people of Tennessee and Mississippi
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