Melvin Bainbridge

Gila Monster - Healer and Protector

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The Gila Monster is found within the area of  the Andromeda Galaxy. The lizard is significant in Navajo stories for their perseverance and for keeping ancient secrets. They are also used in story telling to be an annoyance to the Coyote. Lizards play positive roles in the folklore of the Navajo people. Lizards are associated with healing and survival, masculinity , and are considered sacred medicine animals. The Gila Monster is coveted as a powerful hero in Navajo legends. Lizards are associated with protection (especially of children), prosperity, renewal, and good luck. The lizard, specifically the Gila Monster, is the god or medium of divination by sensation in some rites, as in the wind chant. Navajos say that he is the original hand-trembler, which means that he can foretell the nature of mortal illness and protect against it.

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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