Slow Story Producer | Director
Deborah Littlebird is the producer and creative director for the Slow Story project on Listening Ground, 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 as co-producer/director of six annual tribal American storytelling conferences in Santa Fe, story theater productions, oral tradition video and podcast projects and developed educational storytelling curriculums. She co-produced the Native theater production, The Faraway Drum, a collaboration between Southwest/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 running away from his abusive home and rediscovering his lineage and cutlure through a 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." It is now available at no charge to enjoy online.
Deborah is the Executive Director of Hamaatsa, an indigenous continuum, spiritual retreat center and sustainable living farm. Deborah co-facilitates story camps and contemplative spiritual retreats at Hamaatsa with Larry Littlebird. As an herbalist, botanical farmer and natural foods chef, she shares her joy in growing, cooking and serving healing foods at Hamaatsa's farm-to-table dinners and retreats. She was the co-producer and featured chef for the Heirloom Food and Story Series. Deborah is writing her debut novel, Peregrina, historical and mythical fiction, the story is 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.