April 29, 2008

Hummingbird fights fire

A new book combines Native storytelling, manga-style artwork, and essays from Nobel Peace Prize winners from Tibet and Kenya. That's multiculturalism in action.

Here's the description from the publisher's website:

Flight of the Hummingbird
A Parable for the Environment

By (artist): Michael Nicoll YahgulanaasThe 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 all.

The 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, 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.
Comment:  Also check out Yahgulanaas's online portfolio of art.

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