Hummingbirds are important pollinators. Botanists and biologists have identified more than 150 native plant species that have developed special tube-shaped flowers in order to receive a hummingbird's feeding. A vital and symbiotic relationship indeed, as a hummingbird eats the nectar and spreads a plant's pollen in the process.
We love Justin Red Elk's hummingbirds. He is from the greater Leonard Halate (d) family of Zuni artists. His mother is carver Pansy Natachu. Justin's uncle and aunts are carvers Herbert Halate, Reva Halate and Marvelita Phillips, among many other wonderful artists from this lineage.
Carved from wood, Justin's delightful hummingbird is about 1 3/4" tall, 5/8" wide and 1 3/4" deep. It has sweet eyes of inlaid jet and a magnificent mother-of-pearl beak.