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Spider Woman, or Na’ashjéii Asdzáá,[1] is a Navajo Holy Person and a figure in Navajo mythology. She guides Nizhoni Begay to the House of the Sun.


Na’ashjéii Asdzáá has been to known to help and protect humans, though it's said that she uses her web like a net to capture and eat misbehaving children. She spent time on a rock named spider rock said to have turned white from the bones resting in the sun.

In one myth, "Spider Woman" aided the Hero Twins, the sons of Changing Woman, in killing the monsters endangering the people of Earth by giving them "feather hoops" that protected them from attacks.

In another story, Spider Woman, along with Spider Man, introduced the spindle and loom. They taught their people how to weave plants so they can wear them as clothes instead of animal skin. Spider Woman kept disagreeing with Spider Man regarding names, she kept wanting to included translated versions of "mixed chips" instead of "beautiful goods" like Spider Man wanted.[2]

In yet another myth, two women come to Spider Woman hoping for a solution to help the Navajo people bear the winter. She taught them how to make yarn from sheep wool, along with dying and weaving it. The women taught the other villagers how to do these things and the village was able to make rugs to use and sell to help survive the winter.[3]

Race to the Sun

When Nizhoni Begay, Mac Begay, and Davery Descheny arrive at her trailer, she lets them in when they say they want to by a rug. They give her the offerings and the necklace of Mrs. Begay. When she sees the necklace Spider Woman tells Nizhoni her mother was a brave monster slayer and that Nizhoni resembles her, she also smiles when she sees Mr. Yazzie. When they ask for the map to the Glittering World, she reveals the the children she does not have it. However she tells them they are already in the Glittering World and takes them outside to prove it. She agrees to take the three to the sun in the morning, as it is to dangerous to go at night, where they will face four trials. She has them help out with dinner and invites them to stay the night. When Nizhoni admires a rug, she reveals her mother liked the same rug when she visited ten years ago. In the morning she wakes up her guests before dawn and gives them breakfast burritos before taking them to the rainbow road in the rain. She is surprised they do not see it at first, but when they do she wishes them luck and leave them to take the trials.

The following day she appears at Shiprock during the battle and saves Mac from falling to his death and warns Nizhoni Mr. Charles has arrived. After the battle she returns with Mac, Mr. Yazzie, and Mr. Begay and joins them at Nizhoni’s grandmother’s house for flatbread. She and Mr. Yazzie listen to Mac as he talks about hot Cheetos.


Although she directs monsterslayers like Nizhoni Begay through the Glittering World, she also has a cozy side. She enjoys weaving Navajo rugs in her desert trailer with her favorite telenovela on in the background.[4]


Spider Woman has dark hair in a bun and eyes with an dark complexion. She wears gold half moon glasses.

She wears a spider web pattern necklace and a red shawl.


  • Weaving: Spider Woman is a skilled weaver.
  • Webbing Generation: Spider Woman is able to generate webbing, as she did so when saving Mac from plummeting to the base of the Chuska Mountains during the battle against the Bináá' yee aghání.


  • In some myths she is said to eat children who misbehave.


Race to the Sun
Books: Race to the Sun
Main Characters: Nizhoni Begay | Mac Begay | Davery Descheny | Mr. Charles | Mr. Yazzie
Secondary Characters: Bethany Begay | Mr. Rock | Ms. Bird | Rock Crystal Boy | Black Jet Girl
Minor Characters: Coach | Adrien Cuttlebush | Mr. Begay | Darcy | Maya | Bethany Begay's Mother | Bethany Begay's Father | Eugene
Navajo Holy People: Spider Woman | Jóhonaa'éí | Turquoise Boy | Yellow Corn Girl
Magical Creatures: Bináá' yee aghání | Łizhin | Dólii | Tsídii | Łigai
Related Content: Rebecca Roanhorse | Rick Riordan Presents