Melvin Bainbridge

Diléhé - the Pleiades, Hard Flint Boys

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Diléhé or the Pleiades can be translated as Seed Like Sparkles in Navajo (pronounced dil yeah heh).
It is a group of stars used for time keeping and it regulates when to plant and when to stop planting. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. In early May in Navajo Country, the Pleiades become invisible in the evening on the western horizon. The time that Navajos cannot see the Pleiades is when they will typically plant their corn. For traditional farmers, using this constellation to plant at the right time was a matter of survival and thus much respect and significance is attached to following and living the natural cosmic cycle. The Pleiades can be linked with stories of the Hard Flint Boys, who are featured in Navajo healing ceremonies, as well as with stories of little warrior boys who are followed by a woman with a buckskin slung over her back. The Hard Flint Boys disappear in May and return in the early morning in the eastern horizon at the end of June.

Indigenous Education Institute

The Indigenous Education Institute (IEI) is an Indigenous-based, non-profit (501.c3) corporation, based in Friday Harbor, WA. The mission of the Institute is to promote, preserve and apply traditional Indigenous knowledge to contemporary life. This includes research and educational projects of all kinds. IEI is committed to using Indigenous knowledge to promote and understand the importance of the interconnections of all things. IEI is committed to the restoration of imbalance and sustaining an ecologically sound environment.

IEI acknowledges that the earth is an integral part of a much larger universe. Stories are often told in the Indigenous world of the connections between Mother Earth and Father Sky. We are made of the same chemistry as the stars. Studies of Indigenous astronomies illuminate these connections and show the participation of humans in the universe. Our website:

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The giclée prints are produced on high quality archival materials: Breathing Color Elegance Velvet Platinum Fine Art Paper - A 310gsm, bright white, fine art paper with a lightly textured vellum surface; a 100% cotton fiber paper offering a better color gamut and D-Max than any other velvet surface paper on the market.

Stretched Canvas Prints

We offer 3/4" solid hardwood stretcher bars with back staple. Prints are on Breathing Color Chromata white , acid free, cotton-poly blend matte artist stretch canvas. All stretched prints are protected with a matte finish archival UV varnish. If you prefer semi gloss or gloss please let us know.

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If you prefer to have your giclée print framed and matted by our Gallery please let us know. We will provide you with a fair price and adjust the shipping charges to reflect the mat, frame, and glass. We would be pleased to perform this work for you.


The original painting is in a private collection

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