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Byline: GREEN THUMB CHRONICLES By Kate Nelson
Among Southwestern tribes, the tiny hummingbird pumps out an enormity of symbolism: love, devotion, permanence, eternity.
In native mythology, its propensity for fiercely defending its territory be it a nest or a hanging sugar-water feeder with garish red plastic attachments has elevated the bird to the lofty status of warrior.
The species' physical beauty so captivated 19th-century British naturalist John Gould that he awarded each type a fanciful name coquette, fairy, hill star, sapphire, sun gem, sylph.
With its wings fluttering 70 times a second, a hummingbird performs aeronautical stunts …