The beautiful manga art work of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas comes from a parable with origins in the Quechuan people of South America. In the story, the determined hummingbird does everything she can to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home. The hummingbird symbol of wisdom and courage demonstrates that doing something is better than doing nothing at all.
The story is illustrated with the artwork of internationally renowned artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaasof in a book called the Flight of the Hummingbird. The Flight of the Hummingbird has been converted into a beautiful animated video.
The parable is embraced by two of the world’s most influential leaders: Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who launched the Green Belt Movement, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has spoken widely about our universal responsibility and our need to act to preserve our environment.
The hummingbird has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists who are committed to making meaningful change in the world, encouraging everyone to act on behalf of our limited and precious resources, and to do what we can in whatever realm we deem important.