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Nahookos Bi’aad - Mother Who Protects The Home

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For those that are looking for a Native American theme to present to your loved mother, wife or grandmother, this Nahookos Bi'aad giclée print would make the perfect gift.  Nahookos Bi’aad is a mother, sometimes considered a grandmother who exemplifies strength, motherhood and regeneration. Bring home the perfect gift with this Nahookos Bi'aad giclée print today!


Nahookos Bi’aad, can be translated as the Female Revolving One in Navajo (pronounced Na hoe kos bih aad).  Represented by the Constellation Cassiopeia in the northern sky this is the female companion of Nahookos Bika’.  It is easily recognizable due to its distinctive 'M' shape when in upper culmination formed by five bright stars. She is a mother and sometimes a grandmother, who exemplifies strength, motherhood and regeneration. She reflects the ideal characteristics of stability and peace in the home. She also provides for her family through use of her weapons of a grinding stone and stirring sticks, used to fight off hunger and ensure a healthy lifestyle for her family. Many spiritual teachings are associated with Nahookos Bi’aad and her male companion Nahookos Bika’, related to male and female relationships, family values, and the sense of belonging to a home with a comfortable fire. 

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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Our giclée prints are produced on high quality fine art paper. Our prints are spectacular and you will love the clarity, colors, and beauty of your artwork.


The original painting is in a private collection

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