Listening Ground addresses the endangered orality of tribal American people in this digital age. Great care is being given to keep the integrity of the oral tradition transmissions as we archive and preserve these timeless stories and ancient wisdom for future generations.
<> Hama-Ha, Winter Hearth (Audio Podcast)
This inaugural podcast series is set around the winter fire hearth and regenerates winter storytelling time. In tribal American oral traditions there are specific stories and topics only shared during winter, such as Coyote and Raven stories, hunting songs and winter life ways. Host storyteller, Larry Littlebird, is joined by guest Native elders and storytellers. We envision the Hama-Ha, Winter Hearth podcast becoming a featured radio program with weekly episodes.
<> Adobe Porch (Audio Podcast)
This podcast series is the summer seasonal companion to Hama-Ha winter stories. In winter, the stories are quiet, reflective, introspective, then in summer, stories of instruction are shared. These stories tell how to do the simplest recipe or perform the hardest task. They help the boy or girl become a man or woman. They help us learn how wool is turned into a rug or the clay is formed into a water jar, so that every detail of action, every moment of thought and feeling can be done correctly by the individual and community. During the heat of the day, in the shade of an adobe front porch, host storyteller, Larry Littlebird, is joined by guest Native elders and storytellers. We envision the Adobe Porch podcast becoming a featured radio program with weekly episodes.
<> Listening Ground Video Series (7 episodes)
This episodic video series that chronicles a Native American man’s listening journey as he walks about on the land during a time of severe drought and great climate change in his beloved Southwest homelands. Larry Littlebird, a Pueblo Indian artist and revered master storyteller shares stories, songs and prophecies from his rich tribal American heritage and oral tradition legacy. Drawing from his multi-faceted background as a wilderness facilitator and experienced hunter-farmer, Littlebird offers a striking point of view as he asks the provocative question: “What are the benefits and blessings of climate change?” Read more >>
<> Interactive Website
The Listening Ground interactive website will feature recorded Native stories as well as become an online resource for educating people about tribal American people, history, art, culture and place. The website design will be visually evocative with layers of material leading the "listener" through a personal experience in a spiraling motion much like the oral listening process unfolds between storyteller and story listener.
<> Book and Study Guide
Weaving together Larry Littlebird's work as a master storyteller, gifted artist/painter and writer, the Listening Ground book will draw from the breadth of Littlebird's storywork spanning the past five decades. This exclusive compilation of story, art and poetry with a companion study guide will be used for developing an approach to storytelling based upon tribal American oral traditions and educational concepts. This exceptional book will be a treasure trove for all ages and generations to come.
<> Collection of Indigenous Stories
The collection will include:
Listening Ground is supported by story listeners like you! Many of these stories and recordings are generously made available online at no charge. In the spirit of reciprocity and the indigenous way of blessing, we ask you to join us in the practice of "Tsrou-cu-we", which expresses GIFT in Keresan Pueblo culture. TO DONATE >>