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  A Conversation With... Larry Littlebird

Larry Littlebird, Founding Director, Hamaatsa

About Larry Littlebird

Larry Littlebird, founding director of Hamaatsa, is a Pueblo Indian from Laguna/Santo Domingo Pueblos in New Mexico. Larry Littlebird celebrates an indigenous holistic way of life. Over the past 35 years, Larry has worked extensively as a corporate trainer and executive coach, education specialist and national speaker perpetuating the living oral tradition of his Pueblo Indian culture. Larry personally trains and equips people in the areas of generative leadership development, teambuilding, communications, holistic health and community building. His inspired programs have had a profound impact on many lives working with individuals, business organizations, management teams, foundations, schools and community groups.

His experiential learning curriculum model, Learning to Listen©, has been implemented across the nation in classrooms, boardrooms, university auditoriums, theaters in D.C. to San Francisco and around lodge fires where people gather. Providing spiritual guidance and sharing tribal traditions, Larry facilitates remedial results through his work with healing and grief circles, wilderness solos and mountain pilgrimages. Through Littlebird's methods, his clients are able to realize a cathartic process within their own lives, families, business relationships and communities.

As a filmmaker, writer and performing artist, Larry is 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 which was recently archived by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and declared a watershed moment in the history of Native filmmaking.

Larry is also the founder of White Dawn House, the spiritual house to be built at Hamaatsa. Larry and a cadre of traditional elders are re-establishing this original house given to the ancient Pueblo people by the Creator. Larry believes that tribal traditions, spiritual values and Native leadership are key and vital for healing this land. His long range vision for Hamaatsa, indigenous learning center and land stewardship projects, is to empower Native people to regain stewardship of original indigenous lands beyond present reservation borders in which to revitalize cultural identity and to rebuild healthy vibrant sustainable communities.

Larry is the author of Hunting Sacred—Everything Listens: A Pueblo Indian Man's Oral Tradition Legacy, which introduces readers to a timeless story of living in correct relationship with all life and is Littlebird's personal legacy of story, song and art from his rich oral tradition.

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