This tiny little aerobics expert that only weighs up to 4 grams holds a special place in the hearts of many a people being unafraid to enter into a relationship with human beings! Consisting of the second largest group of species their wings flutter at 12–90 times per second creating that hum with a song on the wind which gives them their name.
A hummingbird seems to flutter in a state of suspended animation awakening the sleeping child within most adults, who may have forgotten what innocence is. Most of the species of hummingbird belong to the U.S., but as the national symbol of Jamaica, the hummingbird holds a special place in the hearts of the Taino people of the Caribbean, which they call by the name
of Colibri. Today the hummingbird still ties them to the Great Hawk, and the Spotted Eagle of their kin in North America symbolizing the lesson of unity of the Sacred Buffalo Drum. To the Taino, the Hummingbird is the sacred pollinator (with some plants that are only pollinated by the hummingbird), and hence disseminator of new life. This belief arises out of their habit as we observe how they hover over a flower for its nectar never accepting nectar that contains less than 10% sugar for which their bills are designed by the Creator to obtain.
This amazing bird whose wings flutter at a speed almost imperceptible to the human eye is a teacher in the animal spirit world having the largest brain of all birds at 4.2% of its body weight. It takes watching slowed down filming of the hummingbird in the air, to notice that their wings
actually rotate in a circular motion as it flutters. It is because of this ability why hummingbirds are the only birds that possess the ability to fly backwards, forwards, up, down, sideways and hover in mid-air.
To the Caneycu represents the cardinal point of the South, and to the indigenous people of the Andes, the hummingbird is a symbol of resurrection appearing without life on cold nights, and coming back to life again with the warmth that returns with the rising of the sun. This is because
the hummingbird is conserving the precious energy that it burns up in flight slowing down their metabolic rate to a significant degree from 500 beats per second to 50 beats per second!
Walelu/walela is the Cherokee name for the hummingbird, sacred to the Southwestern tribes like the Navajo, the hummingbird to them is a healer that reminds humans of the healing properties of flowers when many of us only look at flowers as beauties of nature!
Hummingbirds are the oldest group of nectar-feeding birds. Plants that are only pollinated by Hummingbirds in North America, are characteristically trumpet-shaped matching the long bill of the hummingbird, red/yellow in colour, hang like pendents, have no odor which is just as well because hummingbirds have no sense of smell. However, this is not always the case as with the Boraginaceae family of the plant kingdom.
Another plant that is only pollinated by the Hummingbird isthe unsightly Ipomaea coccinea of the Convolvulaceae family of the plant kingdom. Ipomaea leptophylla is known to the Pawnee of the Missouri River Region as kahts-twwiriki, or Bush Morning Glory, and in their system of traditional herbal medicine, kahts-twwiriki is used as a remedy for nervousness and bad dreams as incense in a smoking ceremony. They pulverize the root and dust the body with it to alleviate pain, and to revive someone who has fainted.
From the Rubiaceae family of the plant kingdom, the women of the Omaha-Ponca indigenous people use Wau-pezhe or Fragrant Bedstraw/Lady’s Bouquet for the scent that is given off as it dries. Maka-wasek (Omaha-Ponca), Kahtstakat (Pawnee), or Allionia Nyctaginea use the root as a decoction for fevers to be drunk over 4 nights. The Pawnee use the finely ground dried root to as a remedy for a sore mouth in babies, and a decoction is drunk by women after childbirth to reduce abdominal swelling. Ribes Americanum of the Saxifragaceae family of the plant kingdom is used as a decoction by the Omaha for problems with the kidney.
This is just a small example of how we as humans benefit from the work of the Hummingbird!
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