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Flight of the Hummingbird

A Parable for the Environment

by Michael Yahgulanaas, contributions by Wangari Maathai & His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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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 hummingbird—symbol of wisdom and courage—demonstrates 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.

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Michael Yahgulanaas

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.

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 Columbia.

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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.

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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.

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Editorial Review

The art work in it is breathtaking and anyone in your house over 10 will love it. If that's not enough it includes an afterword from the Dalai Lama. —The Province

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Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

The hummingbird parable, with origins in the Quechuan people of South America and the Haida of the North Pacific, has become a mascot for environmentalists and ecologists. The determined hummingbird does everything she can to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home. The hummingbird—a symbol of wisdom and courage—demonstrates that doing something, no matter how small, is better than doing nothing at all. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who launched the Green Belt Movement, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama embrace the parable.

Yahgulanaas developed a new art genre, Haida Manga. He is an activist for social justice issues on his home islands of Haida Gwaii.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

The hummingbird parable, with origins in the Quechuan people of South America and the Haida of the North Pacific, has become a mascot for environmentalists and ecologists. The determined hummingbird does everything she can to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home. The hummingbird—a symbol of wisdom and courage—demonstrates that doing something, no matter how small, is better than doing nothing at all. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who launched the Green Belt Movement, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama embrace the parable.

Yahgulanaas developed a new art genre, Haida Manga. He is an activist for social justice issues on his home islands of Haida Gwaii.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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