Spider Grandmother (Hopi Kokyangwuti, Navajo Na'ashjé'íí Asdzáá) is an important figure in the mythology, oral traditions, and folklore of many Native American cultures, such as the Hopi and the Cherokee. The spider is believed to be gigantic; according to the Cherokee it can spin a web around the entire sun. The early mound builder civilization appears to be one of the earliest cultures to worship this spider. Despite being the subject of numerous Native American lore, giant spiders in North America have been sighted as recent as the 1940s.
According to Karl Shunker, "One of the most startling giant spider reports comes from Leesville in Louisiana, USA. According to William Slaydon, it was here, while walking northwards along Highway 171 to church one cool night in 1948, that he, his wife, and their three young grandsons had spied a gigantic spider - hairy, black, and memorably described as "the size of a washtub". It emerged from a ditch just ahead of them and crossed the road before disappearing into some brush on the other side. Not surprisingly, the family never again walked along that particular route to church at night."