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"Diléhé - The Pleiades, Hard Flint Boys" a giclée print from original oil painting by Navajo artist Melvin Bainbridge. Diléhé or the Pleiades can be translated as Seed Like Sparkles in Navajo. It is a group of stars used for time keeping and it regulates when to plant and when to stop planting. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. In early May in Navajo Country, the Pleiades become invisible in the evening on the western horizon. The time that Navajos cannot see the Pleiades is when they will typically plant their corn. For traditional farmers, using this constellation to plant at the right time was a matter of survival and thus much respect and significance is attached to following and living the natural cosmic cycle. The Pleiades can be linked with stories of the Hard Flint Boys, who are featured in Navajo healing ceremonies, as well as with stories of warrior boys who followed by a woman with a buckskin slung over her back. The Hard Flint Boys disappear in May and return in the early morning in the eastern horizon at the end of June. Made in the USA
All Materials 100% Archival
- Size with white frame: 18" X 24"
- Painting itself: 12 1/2" X 18 1/2"
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