The rufous hummingbird is the most common species in the region, and in some areas, these tiny, active well-loved birds are year-round inhabitants.
Hummingbirds nest in the unruly hair of Dzunuk’was, the Wild Woman of the Woods and fly around her as she walks through the forest. She is the guardian of the forest creatures and the protector of Hummingbird. The Hummingbird is not traditionally a major motif in the art. Its popularity today indicates that it has become a very important symbol of love and beauty.