Manataka™ American Indian Council








Hummingbird Medicine



In numerous cultures, the hummingbird has powerful spiritual significance. These magical beings are most often viewed as a symbol of joy, happiness and love and come to awaken us to the beauty of the present moment.  Many people develop a mysterious bond with this tiny creature.


About ten years ago, just before his 104th birthday, Grandfather Aduvir, the last  Tiger Dancer of the Quechua people in the Andes of Peru sent a magnificent necklace made of the huayruro macho beans and carved birds to Lee Standing Bear Moore at Manataka.   According to Aduvir, the hummingbird is a symbol of resurrection. This is because each hummer becomes lifeless and seems to die on cold nights, but it comes back to life again when the miraculous sunrise brings warmth.


The hummingbird is the creature that opens the heart.


When we assume hummingbird consciousness, our life becomes a wonderland of sensuous delights. We live for beauty, delighting in flowers, aromas, fine mist, and delicate tastes.


The hummingbird teaches us to laugh and enjoy the creation, to appreciate the magic of being alive, and the truth of beauty.

Hummingbirds awaken us to the beauty of the present moment. As they dance the four directions, they awaken us to the medicinal properties of plants.   Hummingbirds teach us how to draw the life essence from flowers. "They can teach us how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love."


Hummingbirds teach us fierce independence. They teach us to fight in a way where no one really gets hurt. They teach us simple courage.


The twittering, vibrating sounds of the hummingbirds bring us an internal massage that restores health and balance.


Hummingbirds also inspire us to protect the environment and to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost. When American Indian ways were being destroyed by the expanding Euro-American culture, the Ghost-Shirt religion was established to try to bring back the animals and old ways through dancing. The leader of the dance was a hummingbird.


Hummingbird Symbolism

The fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol. They are a symbol of eternity, continuity, and infinity.


By observing the Hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless. Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, they remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day.


Amazing migratory birds, some Hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination. This quality reminds us to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams, and adopt the tenacity of the Hummingbird in our lives.


The Hummingbird animal totem is a messenger of hope and jubilation.


Hummingbird Animal Totems offer attributes like:


Hummingbird Animal Totems offer attributes like:


·                     affection

·                     agility

·                     energy

·                     healing

·                     infinity

·                     joy

·                     persistence


·                     peace

·                     playfulness

·                     loyalty


·                     renewal

·                     sincerity

·                     vitality 



Do you have Hummingbird medicine?