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Nahookos Bika’ - Male Warrior, Protector Of The Home

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Nahookos Bika’ Male Warrior, Protector of the Home Painting


This Nahookos Bika’, Male Warrior, Protector of the Home painting is a portrait of great warriors of days gone by. This piece re-creates the true warrior instinct and warrior period that has now come and gone. For those who collect Nahookos Bika’, this Nahookos Bika’ Male warrior, Protector of the Home painting needs to be added to your collection.



Acrylic and Oil




Nahookos Bika’ can be translated as the Male Revolving One in Navajo (pronounced Na hoe kos bih kah). He is represented by the Big Dipper, which is an asterism (not a constellation) of seven stars recognized as a distinct grouping by the Navajo Nation. Nahookos Bika’ is considered to be a male warrior, a leader, a father, and sometimes a grandfather, who protects and provides for his family.


His weapons are the bow and arrow. He reflects the ideal characteristics of a provider and protector. From Dine Bikeyah or Navajo Country, he is seen every night of the year, thus providing direction, time keeping and stability for the other stars as well as for all living things. Many spiritual teachings are associated with Nahookos Bika’ and his female companion Nahookos Bi’aad,  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:


About Our Prints


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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