Melvin Bainbridge

Ii ' ni - Thunderbird, Awakening Of Spring

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Ii ' ni can be translated in Navajo as Thunder (pronounced Ee neeh). In Navajo, Ii ' ni means Thunder, but the constellation is often depicted as a Thunderbird. In traditional stories the Thunder is often described in the form of a bird. it is often paired with the energy of Lightning. The spiritual essence of the constellation is visualized as a feather and is composed of six stars. The Thunderbird constellation is related to the Shash (Bear) constellatin, located in the Greek constellation Sagittarius. Both the Thunderbird and the Bear carry a relationship to the sound of the first Thunder that occurs in the Spring in Navajoland. The connection is made when the complete feather of Ii ' ni and the nose of Shash are visible in late February or early March (Navajo calendar). The Thunderbird is an essence or an energy that relates to the sound of Thunder after the lighting strikes.

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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