[PDF / Epub] ☄ Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment Author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment 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 AllThe 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 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 World S Limited And Precious Resources


About the Author: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an award winning visual contemporary artist, author and professional speaker His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections across the globe Institutional collections include the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and Vancouver Art Gallery His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the Vancouver International Airport, City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops and University of British Columbia Yahgulanaas s publications include national bestsellers Flight of the Hummingbird and RED, a Haida Manga When not writing or producing art, Yahgulanaas pulls from his 20 years of political experience in the Council of the Haida Nation and travels the world speaking to businesses, institutions and communities about social justice, community building, communication and change management His most recent talks include the American Museum of Natural History and TEDxVancouver 2015.Yahgulanaas became a full time artist after many decades working in the Haida Nation s successful campaign to protect its biocultural diversity however, he began to play as an artist much earlier As the descendant of iconic artists Isabella Edenshaw, Charles Edenshaw and Delores Churchill, his early training was under exceptional creators and master carvers of talented lineage It wasn t until the late 1990s after an exposure to Chinese brush techniques, under the tutelage of Cantonese master Cai Ben Kwon, that he consciously began to merge Haida and Asian artistic influences into his self taught practice, and innovated the art form called Haida Manga Haida Manga blends North Pacific Indigenous iconographies and framelines with the graphic dynamism of Asian manga It is committed to hybridity as a positive force that opens a third space for critical engagement and is weaved through his art, books and speeches Haida Manga offers an empowering and playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action.Yahgulanaas s visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms including large scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, re purposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolours, ink drawings, ceramics and illustrated publications Exploring themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition he uses art and speaking opportunities to communicate a world view that while particular to Haida Gwaii his ancestral North Pacific archipelago is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally engaged audience.Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Yahgulanaas has created a practice that is celebrated for its vitality, relevancy and originality from



10 thoughts on “Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

  1. says:

    Definitely interesting Good as a sort of intro to the idea of taking care of the environment.Book 13 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge.


  2. says:

    This book is so short, it qualifies almostas a poem and is equally beautiful.Lushly illustrated, each of the 5 short chapters speaks eloquently to social and environmental responsibility While this may sound dry or preachy, it is neither The beauty of the book is matched by the precise writing involved in each of the 5 short chapters, the message therein.The parable of the hummingbird, how such a small and seemingly insignificant creature, could take on a forest fire serves as a jumping This book is so short, it qualifies almostas a poem and is equally beautiful.Lushly illustrated, each of the 5 short chapters speaks eloquently to social and environmental responsibility While this may sound dry or preachy, it is neither The beauty of the book is matched by the precise writing involved in each of the 5 short chapters, the message therein.The parable of the hummingbird, how such a small and seemingly insignificant creature, could take on a forest fire serves as a jumping off point for brief discussions, thoughtful musings, about how each one of us need not forget the power in simply trying to change our world or our situation for the better.Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Wangari Maathai and HH the Dalai Lama each contribute to this wonderful little book


  3. says:

    Short and simple story that carries a message that is both universally known and ignored, which is that small individual deeds matter And collective individual actions of small members of the community can outweigh the doings of the few greater members The book added nothing new to me and probably everyone else But that doesn t mean that its message was not important I guess people will always have to state the obvious until other people finally consider it and that is the humble effort of t Short and simple story that carries a message that is both universally known and ignored, which is that small individual deeds matter And collective individual actions of small members of the community can outweigh the doings of the few greater members The book added nothing new to me and probably everyone else But that doesn t mean that its message was not important I guess people will always have to state the obvious until other people finally consider it and that is the humble effort of this book The illustrations were good And I m rating 3 stars even though I ve gained nothing out of it, just because I appreciate the effort And looking forward to readdetailed books of this sort


  4. says:

    Short but powerful story about doing whatever you can, no matter how small The hummingbird story itself was an inspirational poem with great accompanying artwork I enjoyed the inclusion of Haida, Quechua, and Tibetan culture those three cultures are among the ones I admire most, so it was fate that I picked this up in a tiny shop one day I longed to experience , but alas, it was only a 30 min read.


  5. says:

    The smallest of the birds, the hummingbird, shows the rest of the jungle how to turn a tragic forest fire into an act of salvation When a huge fire starts to devastate the animal s habitat all but the hummingbird flee to a safer spot to watch their home be destroyed With great speed and determination the hummingbird takes one drop of water after another to attempt to douse the flames As the parable ends the Big Bear asks the hummingbird, What are you doing Where the hummingbird responds, The smallest of the birds, the hummingbird, shows the rest of the jungle how to turn a tragic forest fire into an act of salvation When a huge fire starts to devastate the animal s habitat all but the hummingbird flee to a safer spot to watch their home be destroyed With great speed and determination the hummingbird takes one drop of water after another to attempt to douse the flames As the parable ends the Big Bear asks the hummingbird, What are you doing Where the hummingbird responds, I am doing what I can This book shows in strong graphics by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, wisdom from the Dalai Lama, and experience from 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Wangari Maathai what can happen when the smallest or weakest are motivated into action.The parable, The Flight of the Hummingbird, is perfect for children because it shows how the smallest with determination can outperform the strongest with none The book also tells the story of Wangarie Maathai, a modern day Johnny Appleseed, who started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya that has planted over 30 million trees


  6. says:

    This is a fable that we all need to take to heart As the Dalai Lama writes in his contribution to this bookIn order to succeed in the protection and conservation of the natural environment, it is important to first of all bring about an internal balance within human beings themselvesThis is what the parable of the hummingbird serves to illustrate the state of mind we must adopt if we are to prevent environmental disaster While I am not entirely sure that right thought must come befor This is a fable that we all need to take to heart As the Dalai Lama writes in his contribution to this bookIn order to succeed in the protection and conservation of the natural environment, it is important to first of all bring about an internal balance within human beings themselvesThis is what the parable of the hummingbird serves to illustrate the state of mind we must adopt if we are to prevent environmental disaster While I am not entirely sure that right thought must come before right action I really think it sa chicken and egg thing I applaud the message that one must do what one can, as well as staying optimistic despite seemingly overwhelming circumstances


  7. says:

    simply lovely beautiful art, thoughtful story, critical message a very fast read for such an important theme.


  8. says:

    This is a beautiful little book, which I particularly love because of the original Haida Manga artwork by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Besides the tale, the book has wonderful afterwards by the Dalai Lama and Greenbelt Movement founder Wangari Maathai, both Nobel Peace Prize winners.The overall message is, of course, especially pertinent as Hummingbird Greta Thunberg has flittered into the scene In fact, the Dalai Lama predicts in this book, One of our foundational narratives describes a dark t This is a beautiful little book, which I particularly love because of the original Haida Manga artwork by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Besides the tale, the book has wonderful afterwards by the Dalai Lama and Greenbelt Movement founder Wangari Maathai, both Nobel Peace Prize winners.The overall message is, of course, especially pertinent as Hummingbird Greta Thunberg has flittered into the scene In fact, the Dalai Lama predicts in this book, One of our foundational narratives describes a dark time when all the light in the universe is stored away inside the smallest container and is released only when the greatest hero becomes a small child Yet the message of this book isn t that a loan child superstar individual can become a hero The message, according to the Dalai Lama, is that every one of us shares a sense of universal responsibility for both humankind and nature You can be like the hummingbird Dukdukdiya who explains why she works on the seemingly impossible task of putting out a forest fire one drop of water at a time, I am doing what I can The survival of life on earth as we know it is threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to nonviolence and humanitarian values, writes the Dalai Lama, Humanity and every individual within that must take the initiative to repair and protect our world Wangari Maathai brings to our attention the wonderful concept behind the Buddhist word mottainai, it embraces the practice of not wasting resources and of using them with respect and gratitude She says it captures in one term the environmentalists three Rs reduce reuse recycle, to which she wants to add to mottainai, repair She is now working to build a global campaign around the word.So what about you Our polar ice sheets are at the point of no return Our you going to leave all the hard lifting to our beautiful butterfly, Greta Thunberg, and her friends What are you doing with the rest of your day, today


  9. says:

    A beautiful story of the hummingbird as a metaphor for little efforts that we need to do for the environment I found this book in the Canadian Museum of History as it was on display The Haida Manga by the first people artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas was reallyt good Did not know this earlier.


  10. says:

    This book was elegantly designed, beautifully crafted, passionately written and illustrated In truth, it is a work of genius Not really a kids book unless it s read with a parent or teacher The issues discussed are deep and complex and they require a gentle hand in guiding younger readers through them.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *