THE STORY is more than a reminder of humanity or a teacher of tribal ways. It is a thing that people hunger after. Need to remain alive. Like a natural portion of fresh water, clean air, good food. If the American air has gone strange, the water turned murky and the food become filled with unnatural additives, can you imaging how unhealthy the story told has become?
- Larry Littlebird
LARRY LITTLEBIRD is from Laguna and Santo Domingo Pueblos. He is the Founding Director of Hamaatsa, a Native-led nonprofit organization where he celebrates an indigenous holistic way of life. Over the past five decades, Littlebird has been a strong Native voice with his multi-faceted work as an artist, filmmaker, storyteller, author, hunter-farmer and activist. He was one of the first American Indians to produce, write and direct films for and about Native people in the United States. He played the lead role in the feature motion picture, House Made of Dawn, based on N. Scott Momaday’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. This film was archived by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and declared a watershed moment in the history of Native filmmaking.
A master storyteller and author of Hunting Sacred, Everything Listens; Littlebird shares spiritual roots of sustainability and indigenous ways of blessing for inspiring transformative leadership and social action. His signature experiential programs have had a profound impact on people’s lives, globally, nationally and locally. Learning to Listen is a provocative spoken word experience that Larry Littlebird presents as a keynote speaker and custom tailors for group retreats, conferences and story camps.
Growing up at his mother’s village of Gwish-tee on the Laguna Pueblo, he spent much of his childhood out on the land with his Gramma and Grampa at their sheep camp and at Kewa his father’s Pueblo, where elders and kin shared freely with him, stories, songs, and spiritual prophecies. These stories that flow from his remnant oral tradition lineage continue to inform and shape his work.
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