The World of the HummingbirdBook - 1999
The World of the Hummingbird also examines the role of hummingbirds in Native cosmology. According to Arawak legend, for example, the hummingbirds first brought tobacco to the Arawak people, and one of the most powerful Aztec gods was said to have been conceived from a ball of hummingbirds feathers thatfell from the sky. Today, hummingbird populations are thriving, but in some areas their natural habitat is being lost as a result of human activities.
Harry Thurston's lyrical and informative text supports a stunning collection of photographs depicting hummingbirds in hovering flight, sipping nectar from colorful flowers, and feeding their young in their delicate nests. Together, text and photos offer a fascinating look at this feathered jewel.