Herbalist | Creative Director | Producer
Deborah Littlebird is the producer and creative director for the Slow Story project, which perpetuates the orality of tribal American people for future generations by bridging the ancient technology of Native oral tradition culture with today's digital media technologies. Originally from Michigan, she was educated at Kendall School of Design and worked as an art director/graphic designer for an award winning international design firm before moving to New Mexico in 1991. Since then, she has worked alongside her husband, Larry Littlebird producing and directing tribal American storytelling conferences, videos, podcasts and story theater productions with accompanied storytelling curriculums including: the Native theater production, The Faraway Drum, a collaboration between Southwest and Alaskan tribal people which premiered at UNM’s Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque and toured nationally. In 2017, she co-produced Jackrabbit, a short film drama with her filmmaker son, Jesse Littlebird. JACKRABBIT is a story about an indigenous boy rediscovering his lineage and cutlure through a timely reconnection with his Uncle. The film premiered in film festivals around the world during 2017-2018 and won three awards for "Best Short Film and Best Actor."
Deborah is co-founder/director of Hamaatsa, an indigenous continuum, wild land sanctuary, hermitage retreat and sustainable living farm where she is an herbalist, botanical farmer and facilitates storywork camps and contemplative spiritual retreats. As an herbalist and farm-to-table chef, she shares her passion for growing edible landscapes and cooking healing foods for bringing back the sacred in the way we grow, eat and share our food (Heirloom Food and Story). Deborah is writing her debut novel, Peregrina, a historical/mythical fiction about three courageous women from different cultures and timelines with an arcing story that reminds us that we are all on our own peregrination - a pilgrim seeker crossing the borderlands of the soul. Deborah is the blessed mother of Raine and Hunter Littlebird and Gotaiya, her wee little grandson.