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Stories of Wisdom from Native America

Stories that speak to all of us through the wisdom of indigenous America, listen with the heart of a child, the mind of an elder, and the soul of a warrior and you too will walk the path to other places and other times. These traditional tales of wonder are full of entertaining lessons from Turtle Island, and are a gift and legacy for future generations. Dreamcatcher is a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of human imagination and the power of community.

I am a member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa.

Dreamcatcher's Drum

In the Chippewa/Anishanabe language mys name is Wabuzouns, Little Rabbit. In my Dreamcatcher program, those who listen and watch will travel through time and imagination with traditional tales from Native America.

Leland Little Rabbit

Dreamcatcher is a collection of works dealing with Native America, and the Native American perspective. These visions are brought to life using the tools of theater, mime, spoken word, and visual magic.

In this unprecedented time it is good to remember that stories are a way we can communicate our humanity and our history to future generations. Stories are also how previous generations have transmitted their wisdom, humor, and genius to us. Stories Dreams. Poetry. Wonder. Stories are wished into existence by the human unconscious. We human beings love these tales of other places and other times because they teach us so much about our own time and place.

If you want to walk the path leading to the world of story follow Leland Little Rabbit.

If you are interested in knowing more about me, let me tell you about my life. My path is also the path of my parents. My mother and father were both Native Americans, not your bow and arrow, deerskin wearing, feathered head dress Indians, but real people. Dad grew up on an Idaho ranch, and my mother worked for the Indian Service. She met my father when she was working as a secretary in Montana. They fell in love and that was appropriate because they were both working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bear Print

My father left the Fort Hall Reservation to pursue his education and worked his way into Foreign Service and was stationed around the world. He started my world walking journey. My father was first stationed in India, and then was reassigned farther afield. Because of my parents I was a Native American born in Lashkargah, Afghanistan.

Like a Native American version of the Swiss Family Robinson my three sisters and I were adrift in the world as our father was assigned to more far flung parts of the world. The family travelled and lived in Afghanistan, then Iran, and finally Africa.

We had little or no contact with other Americans much of the time. The idea of being American seemed very important at the time.
The day my parents told me I was a Native American it made me so happy I jumped and raced around the room. It was a definition of who I was, a key part of my identity, I felt validated. I was part of something. I felt like the person I knew in my bones was finally said out loud. I was awakening to an understanding of who I was, it was another step on the path that took us around the world.

Tutle

Every two years or so, the family would travel back to the U.S.A. We usually travelled to Idaho to witness the big Pow Wow where the tribes come together to seek visions through the Sundance, sing, play, compete as fancy dancers, gamble, show off regalia and essentially celebrate being themselves.

One year we travelled to the Lake Superior region where my mother’s family lived, and where the Bad River reservation is located.. It was clear; I had one foot among the tribes and one foot overseas. I was a walker between worlds, feeling a little alien no matter where I found myself. I realize now my parents felt it too. There is a whole fourth world group of children who grew up as nomadic Americans overseas, who are not necessarily Native American, but have this same feeling of disassociation..

The longest step was in East Africa we lived there for seven years although my sisters went to Europe for school I was left at home in Dar es Salaam. My father used to say that the Masaii, a nomadic tribespeople who herd cattle reminded him of the Shoshone people back in Fort Hall because of their beadwork, the cows, their music, and dancing. He was teaching me what we all have in common, and what makes us a world community. Dad had a warrior spirit, and poured it into his education and work in Foreign Service, he was smart, efficient, and well liked because he had a wry sense of very Indian humor.

In his sunset years, at the last pow wow he attended, my father was honored at Fort Hall with a blanket presented by the Shoshone Bannock Tribe. At that moment he was the oldest tribal member, and the first from the reservation to get his college degree. It was a special moment to be recognized by the whole tribe.

Manitou

Now both my parents walk the star road, and I carry their memories and stories with me. I hope some of their spirit, and the spirit of the generations before them is transmitted in the tales that are part of Walker Between Worlds.

During the pandemic period where most theaters were closed or shuttered, I created this solo performance and premiered it as part of Solo Arts Heal in collaboration with The Marsh Theater in San Francisco. Since then the program has grown, and been performed live as part of the Ojai Storytelling Festival in California, as part of a series at Wabash College in Indiana, and at schools throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Through this program I represent my history, and the dreams and spirit of indigenous America.

-Wabuzouns (Little Rabbit)

Dreamcatcher's Canoe
Little Rabbit playing his flute.

Photocredits: Michael Menes

SKETCHES FROM DREAMCATCHER INCLUDE:

-Program Medicine Vision
-Dreamcatcher
-Coyote and the Night Time Sky -Escape
-Rainbow Crow
-Feathers

Walker Between Worlds

A Dreamcatcher sets off with little more than his stories and a suitcase...

Walker Between Worlds is a technically simplified version of Dreamcatcher which minimizes the production for less formal performing venues such as libraries, classrooms, and intimate spaces. Little Rabbit embarks on a journey telling tales of wisdom from his Native American ancestry with the barest of theatrical essentials telling traditional tales of wonder full of entertaining lessons from Turtle Island. Walker is a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of human imagination and the power of community. It is a gift and legacy for future generations. 

Walker Between Worlds is a harvest of Leland’s favorite traditional Native stories with told with an original perspective. Stories that speak to all of us through the wisdom of indigenous America, so listen with the heart of a child, the mind of an elder, and the soul of a warrior and you too will walk the path to other places and other times.

The Dreamcatcher

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To book Dreamcatcher or Walker Between Worlds...

Call Leland (Little Rabbit) at 207-795-0170.

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