The Little Hummingbird
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
The Little Hummingbird is based on a South American Indigenous story of a hummingbird who tries to save the forest from a fire. This is a revised edition of the award-winning Flight of the Hummingbird, but for younger readers. This fable-like tale of perseverance and bravery is evocatively illustrated by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. With a special message from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai and facts about the hummingbird, it’s a thoughtful volume sure to inspire young readers.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas challenges native stereotypes through illustrative storytelling. 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, the graphic novel RED. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has also 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.
- Published 2010
- 32 pages