Melvin Bainbridge

Hastiin Sik’ai’ii - Man With Solid Stance, Thinker, Planner

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Hastiin Sik’ai’ii can be translated as Man with a Solid Stance in Navajo (pronounced Hasteen Sick eye ee). Corvus is a small constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. Its name comes from the Latin word "raven" or "crow". Corvus depicts stability, strong posture, and balance in the form of a warrior standing with his feet wide apart in a solid stance. He is seen in the summer and fall months in the early dawn and is an indicator of the parting of the seasons. He is a warrior in the full maturity of life and carries a staff, a bow and arrow to provide protection. Principles of thinking and planning are associated with this Navajo constellation.
From Navajo Country, in the Southern part of the sky, this constellation is composed of more than thirty stars and looks like a man standing. As the weather begins to turn colder during the latter part of September, he appears to shift his position and becomes an indicator that winter is about to begin. Traditionally, the emergence of this constellation is an indicator that winter related communal and social activities can begin.

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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