Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spider Woman Weaving Time Petroglyph


This detailed petroglyph has a great deal of meaning but I'm going to focus on the upper right of the picture. In the Paiute tradition, the woman depicted on the upper right has bird hands and feet that signify flight with the sun and moon. Above her is the weaving design, and it is thought that the women weavers were "spider women" and descended from spiders.

4 comments:

  1. Fascinating history! I can see where the rich creation mythologies of the Native Americans has been the basis for much of our literature and inspiration for other art mediums. Thanks for posting such a lovely image!

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  2. I'm fascinated by petroglyphs. I have tons around where I live. Ah, the mysteries...

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  3. Thanks for the comment, Liz! Just ordered Captive Spirit from Amazon - Looks awesome. Can't wait to read it!

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