Sun of Hummingbirds
“Sun of Hummingbirds”
This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts the sun flanked by four hummingbirds. The round split u-forms at the ends of the design suggest red flower petals. Rufous Humminbirds, a species of hummingbird that migrates to Coast Salish territory in the spring, are drawn to red colors, sometimes mistaking anything red for flowers from which they can feed on nectar. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, I have always been fascinated by humminbirds because of their beautiful appearence, small size, and unique way of flying. Whenever I hEAR humminbirds swooping down around wooded areas, I am reminded that spring and warm weather have arrived.