Rainforest Hummingbird: Acrylic Image of Hummingbird encased in a sterling silver frame with a choker made with steel, reclaimed dyed jade, Czech glass,smokey quartz & topaz. One-of-kind. Sold : Curtis Steiner Seattle, WA
Rainforest hummingbirds were frequent characters in indigenous peoples lore. A Mayan myth claims that the sun disguised itself as a hummingbird while vying for the attention of a beautiful woman who was disguised as the moon. Another Mayan legend states that hummingbirds once pierced the tongues of kings. The blood would be poured on venerated scrolls and cast into fires, resulting in ancestors appearing in smokey whorls and giving the rulers insight and warnings. The Aztecs believed that the hummingbird gave fire to the human race, while Aztec priests revered the jewel-colored birds so much that they decorated staves with their feathers and used them as talismans against evil.
The slash-and-burn razing of the rainforest coupled with the farming of cheap beef, coca, (the crude element for cocaine) has begun to eat away at the rainforest hummingbird habitat.