An Ikran Makto (English: Banshee Rider) is a Na'vi individual who manages to ride a mountain banshee. A Na'vi has only one chance to tame an ikran; the struggle between the rider and mount culminates in tsaheylu which, when shared between a Na'vi and an ikran, is a lifelong bond. This bond must be sealed immediately by the Na'vi guiding his or her ikran on their first flight together. It is confirmed by Neytiri that the bond is lifelong for the ikran, and that it will not bond with riders other than their own. It is unknown whether a Na'vi could or would bond with more than one ikran however.
Becoming an Ikran Makto is a rite of passage for Omaticaya clan hunters called Iknimaya. The process includes the Na'vi being led up to the Banshee Rookery in the Hallelujah Mountains where the largest breed of ikran resides. Before they start their ascent, the prospective hunter gets a yellow V painted on their forehead.
The Tawkami clan also performs a version of Iknimaya, though the details of their tradition are unknown. The Kekunan and Tayrangi clan are known for their connection to banshees and are made up largely of Ikran Makto.
- Syanan's biography