follow the hummingbird 🌿🦜🦚🦎🐛🦋✨ .
as soon as i landed in jamaica i had this weird sensation of belonging. i drove past a sign that said “follow the hummingbird”, and i felt weird shivers down my body like it resonated so hard with.. i don’t know what .
i felt - i was going to live here.
during the trip i saw these signs all over the road in jamaica and i felt it every time.
then i recalled that my salsa community calls me a hummingbird because i’m constantly shifting and hard to get a hold of. .
then i looked up what the hummingbird symbolizes — if the hummingbird shows up in your life as a spirit animal, it may remind you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and take time to enjoy yourself. The hummingbird’s wisdom carries an invitation to take part in and draw to you life’s sweetness, like you would drink the nectar of your own flower.
The call of the hummingbird totem will guide you to open up to love and lightness in your emotional life. When you see your totem, you are encouraged to open up your heart and expose yourself more to joy and love. It might be time to show how you feel to loved ones or people who are close to you. 🇯🇲 jamaica was exactly that trip for me, it was the follow the hummingbird sign in my life that forced me to see my weaknesses and imbalances clearly. jamaican dancers pushed me to be and flaunt my full ass self. it is a place that allowed me to change, soften and embrace my self, encouraged me to blossom and let go. 💛🇯🇲💛 . 💁🏽♀️ finally leaving next week - if you see me in party, 🎉please come to say bye ! 😢👋🏾 💕
This is called a Totem Pole. Its a type of Art made by the people of First Nations, the indigenous people of Canada.
Wikipedia says the following - The word totem derives from the Algonquian (most likely Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)) word odoodem [oˈtuːtɛm], "(his) kinship group". The carvings may symbolize or commemorate ancestors, cultural beliefs that recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. The poles may also serve as functional architectural features, welcome signs for village visitors, mortuary vessels for the remains of deceased ancestors, or as a means to publicly ridicule someone. They may embody a historical narrative of significance to the people carving and installing the pole. Given the complexity and symbolic meanings of totem pole carvings, their placement and importance lies in the observer's knowledge and connection to the meanings of the figures and the culture in which they are embedded.
This totem pole is in the UBC Campus.
How TOTEM-LY awesome are these two new installations in the Nick courtyard?! See any of your fave #Nicktoons? 🗿🎨 #InsideNick
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I received a grant from @coloradocollege to photograph totem poles in the Vancouver area and I am blown away by every single one of them
(I’ll be presenting the research I’m doing on American Indian stereotypes in April 2018 for those of you who are interested!)