Littlebird heals at Mayo, takes his place at the Colorado History Museum
FRISCO Leon Joseph Littlebird and his family make up an interesting part of Colorado history. His recordings of the native flute (a 6,000-year-old instrument) and folk songs about the states history recently became the Colorado History Museums featured music.Littlebird cites his great grandfather as building the first brick building in Blackhawk (not a casino) in 1859. And on his moms side, Native American, well, weve been around for 10,000 years.He said her family was one of the few Navajo to migrate to Colorado. Littlebird was born in Silver Plume and grew up in Denver. Since the 70s hes been a resident of Summit County.Littlebird said Colorados history is he and his familys identity. He writes about taking a trip to Dillon with his father to say goodbye to the town before it was flooded by Denver Water. He saw the Dillon museum go by on a truck and wrote about this experience as a 12-year-old with the song Town Under Water.He wanted to move to Frisco, where he now lives, since he was 7 years old and thought it looked like a Lincoln Log town, Littlebird said.But while history is the narrative he shares in his music, he stresses the underlying current of healing also found within it.Littlebird, a leukemia survivor, recently played the Harmony for Mayo concert in Minnesota in October. The concerts are a part of the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine which integrates the arts, history and ethics in the medical environment to support the Mayo ideal that the needs of the patient come first.Before diagnosis, Littlebird was a world-class biathlete, but was relegated to his bed due to sickness. He said he experienced a miraculous healing event about 10 years ago while meditating to Native American flute music and looking over cards people had sent wishing him well.I realized love and energy and prayer of friends is the real thing everything else is temporal.It was at this time Littlebird stopped traveling as a consultant and began to play music full-time.Littlebird plans to return to the Mayo concert again next year, along with touring on the way back from Minnesota as he did this year.A new CD, Calling All Spirits, will be released at a party on Jan. 9 at Samplings in Frisco where he has regular gigs on Wednesdays along with Saturdays at the Keystone Lodge & Spa.Littlebird is also working on a new CD, Legends of Lore, which features the history tracks and other artists on vocals and various instruments.Littlebird fills in his time between recording and gigging with training instructors and students at A-Basin.He said, The conduit between music and nature and adventure is the connection to all things that live.Find out more about the artist at littlebirdmusic.com.
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