Melvin Bainbridge

Dahsaní - The Porcupine

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The Porcupine constellation can be found near the eastern horizon during the latter parts of April and May Changing Woman gave a cane (gish) made of black jet to the Mud People Clan or Hashtl'ishnii, , which became the Sacred Black Jet Gish. Through this gift, people of the Hashtl'ishnii Clan became skilled, naturally gifted, & creative people. Changing Woman gave them the Porcupine (dahsaní) as their symbol of protection. "Saní" means old; therefore, the Mud People are considered wise & skillful at outsmarting their enemies. The hair & quills of the porcupine are used in healing ceremonies. Bundles of quills are tied to a child's cradleboard to ensure good health, the ash of burned quills is applied to infected sores, & the smoke is inhaled to clear congestion. During the journey when the clan needed water, the gish was driven into the ground, but the water that sprang forth was muddy. This is how the clan gained their name, the Mud People Clan.

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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.

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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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The original painting is in a private collection

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