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Green Hummingbird

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  • Edition Size:
  • 118 signed and numbered
  • Paper Size:
  • 56 x 38 cm, 22 x 15 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2021

To the Indigenous cultures of the Pacific Coast, the hummingbird is a messenger of joy. It stands for intelligence, beauty, devotion, and love. These little birds are also respected as fierce fighters and defenders of their territory.

Hummingbirds are a symbol of good luck. Seeing a hummingbird before a major event, such as a hunting trip, or travelling to another village, was considered a good sign.

There are stories among the Haida where high ranking women would arrive at feasts with live hummingbirds tied to their hair, underlining and signifying their beauty, prestige, and close relationship with the spirit of the bird.

Hummingbirds are frequently found in Northwest coast art today. They are typically portrayed in profile view with a long narrow beak and a large head with prominent eyes. They are usually shown in mid flight with flowers nearby (Hummingbird and Moon, Hummingbird and Sun).

Please also read The Hummingbird Symbol.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Green Hummingbird" by Gryn White was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.