Referred to as the Colibri (hummingbird) in the Caribbean, the smallest Colibri, Guani, is known to the mountain people of the Taino Indians as the most noble of the valiant Colibri (also known as the Bee Hummingbird, the smallest of all birds).
According to Mojave legend, the early people lived in a world of darkness. The little hummingbird was sent to search for light. Finding a twisting path to the bright upper world, the hummingbird showed the people the way to where they live today. A Mayan myth mentions that the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise trying to court the moon, who is disguised as a beautiful woman.
The tribes of the Hopi and Zuni will often decorate water jars with the images of hummingbirds, because it was believed the hummingbirds would intervene for the humans and convince the gods to send rain to the lands below. A Hopi story tells of a time during a famine; a boy and girl were left at home alone while their parents went out in search of food. The young boy made a toy hummingbird, which his sister threw into the air and it came to life. The hummingbird flew to the center of the earth, pleading with the got of fertility to return the rains to the land. The rains came back over the land, plants grew once more, and the children's parents returned home.