Slow Story Producer | Director | Editor
Deborah Littlebird is a producer and creative director. 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 companion educational 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 is showing in film festivals during 2018 and has won three awards for "Best Short Film and Best Actor."
Deborah is the Executive Director of Hamaatsa, an indigenous continuum-story gathering place and sustainable living farm. Deborah facilitates story camps and contemplative spiritual retreats. She has a deep passion for cooking and creating healthy beautiful slow food. As an organic farmer, gourmet natural foods chef and herbal layperson, she shares her joy in growing and cooking healing foods at Hamaatsa's farm-to-table dinners and retreats. She was co-producer and featured chef for the Heirloom Food and Story Series and is presently writing a story-cookbook with the same namesake, Heirloom Food and Story: Bringing back the sacred in in the way we grow, eat and share our food. She is also writing a historical fiction novel, Peregrina, a story about three courageous women and cultural voices of historical trauma, spanning past, present and future timelines. The arcing story is a parable for how to live simply and harmoniously on the land at this critical hour on earth and reminds us that we are all on our own peregrination - a pilgrim-seeker crossing the borderlands of the soul.