From the Publisher
The hummingbird parable, with origins in the Quechuan
people of South America, has become a talisman for
environmentalists and activists who are committed to making
meaningful change in the world. In this inspiring story, the
determined hummingbird does everything she can to put out a raging
fire that threatens her forest home. The hummingbirdósymbol of
wisdom and courageódemonstrates that doing something is better than
doing nothing at all.
The parable is embraced by two of the worldís most
influential leaders: Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner
from Kenya who launched the Green Belt Movement (which you can read
about here), and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has spoken widely
about his commitment to preserving the environment. This courageous
little book features artwork by internationally renowned artist
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. His distinct and lively Haida Manga
style engages perfectly with this inspirational story that
encourages every individual to act on behalf of the worldís limited
and precious resources.
About the Author
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas challenges native
stereotypes through illustrative story telling. His artwork is
informed by many years of dedication to public service and
political activism, mostly on behalf of the Haida.
Yahgulanaas creates pop-graphic narratives that
riff on traditional Haida stories and painting techniques, and
developed ""Haida Manga""-the distinctive art form for which he is
widely known. A trickster-like sense of humour contributes to his
work's appeal. Yahgulanaas' books include
Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans, The Last
Voyage of the Black Ship, Hachidori, and-most
recently-Red, a graphic novel published
by Douglas & McIntyre in Fall 2009. Michael Nicoll
Yahgulanaas has exhibited in several major galleries,
including the Bill Reid Gallery, the McMichael Gallery, the Museum
of Anthropology, the Glenbow Museum, and the National Arts Center
in Ottawa. His Haida Anime ""Flight of the Hummingbird"" is
featured on YouTube. For the past two decades, besides developing
his unique visual style, Yahgulanaas has spent
most of his time working with other Haida people to prevent their
homeland, Haida Gwaii, from being logged.
Yahgulanaas lives on Bowen Island, British
Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmental and
political activist. She holds a BSc from the United States at Mount
St. Scholastica and a Masters degree in Biology from the University
of Pittsburgh. She would become the first Eastern African woman to
earn a doctorate, when in 1971 she was granted a Doctorate of
Anatomy from the University of Nairobi. In the 1970s, Maathai
founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental
non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees,
environmental conservation, and women's rights.
Maathai served as Assistant Minister for
Environment and Natural Resources in Kenya from 2003-2005.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual
and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He is a recipient of the
Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert
Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, and the Nobel Peace Prize. He lives
in Dharamsala, India.
About the Book
Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home -- trip after trip, her beak is filled each time with just a drop of water. Her efforts show her woodland companions that doing something -- anything -- is better than doing nothing at all. The hummingbird parable, which originates with the Quechuan people of South America, has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists worldwide committed to making meaningful change. This retelling, enlivened by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' fabulous Haida-manga illustrations, is suitable for all ages of would-be activists. Although environmental responsibility often seems like an overwhelming task, "The Flight of the Hummingbird" shows how easy it is to start and how great the effect could be if everyone just did what they could.