Nothing Says Tucson Magic Like Our Hummingbirds

by Dan Weisz

Tucson Audubon has declared this the "Year of the Hummingbird”.  To learn more about their offerings, go to

Below I present photos of backyard hummingbirds along with photos of murals on the Pascua Yaqui Nation that include Hummingbirds in them.  Lent is a season that the Yaqui people truly respect and cherish and their ceremonies may be viewed by the public in Tucson at several locations between now and Easter Sunday.  For more information, see the Tribe’s Culture Page  The link to the “Lent Schedule” provides times and dates.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have about this.  For a short history on the Pascua Yaqui, see 

According to Louis D. Valenzuela, an accomplished Yaqui artist, the hummingbird “represents the Yoeme culture.  The hummingbird is considered to be a spiritual bird that comes from the “Sewa Ania” Flower World and is a messenger with powerful blessing and protection.”

An old photo of a Costa’s Hummingbird

and his other ‘good’ side



A Broad-billed Hummingbird on a dead cholla branch

Portrait of a Broad-billed Hummingbird


And the Broad-billed Hummingbird’s “other” good side!!

It’s springtime, so we’ll be seeing many more hummingbirds in the days and months to come!