Wings of Lore
Opens: March 3 / Runs: March 3 – 31, 2017
Wings of lore is an exhibition that explores hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers and wings that flap 80 times per second. In legends, Hummingbird are often portrayed as a healer or as a spirit being who helps people in need, and sometimes plays the important mythological role of fire-bringer. A Mojave legend tells of a primordial time when people lived in an underground world of darkness and how they would send hummingbirds up to look for light. Seeing a hummingbird is a sign of good luck in many Native American tribes, especially Northwest Coast tribes. In ancient Mexico, hummingbirds were considered sacred and associated with royalty and warriors and in some Mexican tribes today, hummingbirds are believed to be messengers from the afterworld or manifestations of a dead person’s spirit.