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Tawa and the Spider Woman (A Hopi Legend)



Tawa and the Spider Woman (A Hopi Legend)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.57

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    goddess, tribe, pots, world, arms, fluffy, picked, rule, blanket, earth, surface, build, start, toward, also, life
     content words:    Spider Woman


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Tawa and the Spider Woman (A Hopi Legend)
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     At the start of the world, there was only Tawa and the Spider Woman. Tawa was the sun god. Spider Woman was the earth goddess. Tawa and Spider Woman loved each other. When they had children, they were gods also.
 
2     At that time, the earth was full of water. It moved this way and that, but it had no life.
 
3     One night, Tawa had a dream. He dreamed of many living things, of fish, birds, and animals. He told Spider Woman about it.
 
4     Spider Woman took some clay. She could see the pictures in Tawa's mind. One by one, she made them into clay. The things did not move. They were only clay.
 
5     Tawa wanted the things to move. He wanted them to have life.
 
6     Spider Woman helped him make a blanket. It was soft and fluffy like a cloud but it was made of magic. They put the blanket over the clay figures. Soon they began to move.
 
7     Tawa was happy with what he saw. Then he wanted to make some more shapes. This time Spider Woman should shape the clay like themselves.
 
8     When they were done, Tawa covered them with the blanket, but they did not live. Spider woman picked them up and held them in her arms. Tawa looked at them. They sang a song of life over the figures, and they came alive.

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