Melvin Bainbridge

Tłéhonaa' éí - The Moon, Life Cycle Connection

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Tłéhonaa' éí can be translated in Navajo as Moon (pronounced Tlay hon aa ay). Tłéhonaa' éí is considered to be a female energy in relation to the male energy of the Sun. There are many Navajo stories about the Moon, often passed down by the female side of the family. The Moon is usually depicted as a perfect white shell disc, carried by the Moon Carrier riding a horse against the sky. The phases of the moon are considered to be very important, and there is a descriptive Navajo name for each of the 29 nights of the lunar cycle. The cycles of the Moon provide a timekeeping device for the days of the month. The meaning of the Moon is life itself. It is intrinsically connected with the life cycles of organisms. The Moon is a regulator of many things: weather, ocean tides, calendar months, planting, life and birth, cycles of women, ceremonial functions, and behavioral influences.

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:

About Our Prints

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.

Matting and Framing

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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