The Meaning of Colibri

The Spanish word for hummingbird is colibrí. The colibrí are migratory birds restricted to the Americas and can be found migrating from the U.S., to the northern deserts of Mexico, to Central America and back.

10426150_285341081589965_3839830626402856866_nIn 2009, the remains of a man who died while crossing the border were found. In his pocket, he carried a small dead hummingbird – a common indigenous symbol of safe passage and a messenger between the living and the dead. Colibrí is named for this man, and the thousands of other people who have died or disappeared crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Thank you to Eduardo Martinez-Yrizar for this beautiful photo of the colibrí.