Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Photo: Nadia Zheng

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Librettist, Creative Designer

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is the co-creator of the libretto and creative design for The Flight of the Hummingbird, a new opera for young audiences, inspired by his best-selling book, Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment.

Michael was born and raised in Delakatla (Great Blue Heron slough) on Haida Gwaii, recently but briefly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. This archipelago lies over the horizon off the western shores of Canada and is the homeland of Haida Indigenous peoples. This is his place.

Michael is an award-winning visual contemporary artist, author and professional speaker. His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections across the globe. Institutional collections include the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and Vancouver Art Gallery. His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the Vancouver International Airport, City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops and University of British Columbia.

Yahgulanaas’s publications include national bestsellers Flight of the Hummingbird and RED, a Haida Manga. When not writing or producing art, Yahgulanaas pulls from his 20 years of political experience in the Council of the Haida Nation and travels the world speaking to businesses, institutions and communities about social justice, community building, communication and change management. His talks include the American Museum of Natural History and TEDx Vancouver.

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