When I saw your mention of this hummingbird being a variation of a crane, I thought you might be interested in hearing that a traditional Cherokee myth tells of a pretty woman who was wooed by both a Hummingbird and a Crane. She first chooses the Hummingbird for his good looks, but the Crane convinces her that there should be a race around the world with the winner having her hand in marriage. She agrees, thinking the Hummingbird is bound to win because he flies so fast. What she fails to take into account is that the Crane can fly all night long, while the Hummingbird is able to fly only during the day. The Crane wins, but she reneges on her promise, because he is so ugly. (The Creek Indians have a similar story, but in their version the Crane wins because he flies in a straight line, while the Hummingbird zig zags.
Thank you for sharing you stories, and all of the beautiful Origami.