all the people
HAMAATSA is committed to spiritual wholeness, cultural restoration and regenerative living informed by indigenous wisdom and life-ways for healing land and people. We operate on a modest sustainable budget with a dedicated cadre of storytellers, culture bearers, artists, social activists and farmer-herbalists. We nurture artistic creativity and foster self-sufficiency as we reverently carry the stories and wisdom of our elders forward and remember how they tell us: be brave, be strong, keep going.
Hamaatsa, founded in 2006 by Larry and Deborah Littlebird, is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit and operates with a Board of Directors and Advisory Council who model an age-old indigenous approach to governance through sacred council process. The Council's core precepts serve its individuals, families, community and constituents with regard and respect for all our relations as we work and live together in sisterly and brotherly unity.
Board of Directors
Deborah Littlebird, President
Jesse Raine Littlebird (Laguna Pueblo)
Bill Bailey (Cherokee Tribe)
Hunter Littlebird (Laguna Pueblo)
Larry Littlebird, Board Emeritus
In Loving Memory
Helen Torran, our Board Secretary and faithful sustainer passed away on February 23, 2022.
We remember our beloved Pueblo Elders who have crossed over. These extraordinary men and women left their indelible mark on the land and our work with their Holy words, steadfast prayers, generosity and encouragement. Forever in our hearts! Stanley Lucero (Laguna Pueblo), David Riley (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo), Bill Sunrise (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Andrew Ahsona (Cochiti Pueblo), Philip Duran (Tigua), Jose & Amelita Toledo (Jemez Pueblo),
Lucy Yepa Lowden (Jemez Pueblo) and Ignacia Duran (Tesuque Pueblo).
The Elders tell us, "Accept your particular life, the whole of it, then celebrate it with joy,
your connection to it, so you can give back, all that has been given to you."