Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelley. According to the beliefs of several Native American peoples, this is the dwelling of Grandmother Spider. Unlike the scary depiction of spiders in European lore (think Shelob in Lord of the Rings), Grandmother Spider has the power of creation. In some ways, the the Native American appreciation is similar to Japanese beliefs that claim large spiders are spirits (kami) of the mountains. As a weaver of webs, the value placed upon spiders can also be juxtaposed to the notion of Indra's web.