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Kenneth Little Hawk

Kenneth Little Hawk is a Native American storyteller, keynote speaker, recording artist and actor, descending from the Micmac and Mohawk tribes.

In 1998, he was a guest of the President and performed at the White House for a special screening of the PBS film, "Lewis & Clark." He is a Native American cultural treasure.

Touring throughout America over the past 20 years, Little Hawk has performed for over 2 million people at many distinguished locations including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the American Museum of Natural History.

His voice and authentic flute music can be heard in such award-winning PBS films as "The West" and "Lewis & Clark" produced by the acclaimed director, Ken Burns.

Little Hawk has been nominated twice for Best Storyteller of the Year by the Native American Music Awards for "Wind, Sun and Stars" and "In a Good Way." In reviewing "Wind, Sun and Stars," Fanfare Magazine reported, "The stories are fascinating and the presentation avoids condescension. It is polished but not slick. This CD rings true." In respect to "In a Good Way," "Excellent storytelling! Very animated and sound effects of the animals and nature made the stories come alive."

Little Hawk shares Native American culture, music, storytelling, and dance through keynote speaking, lectures, workshops, assemblies, concerts, art residencies, and special performances. He treats all people with dignity and respect.

He adapts the performance to the audience's age level and interests. Whether it be with adults, students, or children, they all participate with great enthusiasm in activities such as learning Native American songs, dances, words and sign language.

Little Hawk believes that all humans need to honor, cherish and preserve the earth. We must work together to mend the global hoop that encompasses all life.

Little Hawk hopes to leave audiences with the knowledge that they can make choices to live in harmony with one another and the environment. He also teaches respect for differences as well as appreciation for the "common thread that binds us."

Performances are tailored to your interests...

  1. Appreciation of Native American culture, storytelling, music, and dance
  2. Respect for the environment
  3. Understanding cultural diversity
  4. Developing self-esteem and respect for one's self and others

Storytelling workshops have been given at the following locations:

  1. The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
  2. The Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  3. The Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  4. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  5. Sunnyside Museum, Historic Hudson Valley, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  6. Children's Library, Oneida Reservation, Green Bay, WI
  7. Hopi Mesa Schools and Mission School, Hopi Reservation, AZ
  8. Turtle School, Oneida Reservation, WI

In New Jersey (Little Hawk's home state)

  1. Performing Arts Center, Newark
  2. Hughes Elementary School, Berkeley Heights
  3. Brookdale College, Lincroft
  4. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston
  5. Jersey City Museum, Jersey City
  6. Make-a-Wish Foundation, Toms River


Like a museum exhibit come alive, Little Hawk plays traditional Native American flutes. He shows how nature's bounty -- rocks, shells, and gourds -- can be used to make beautiful music. He shares the wisdom of his ancestors.

  1. The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  2. The Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  3. Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
  4. Neptune Historical Museum, Neptune, NJ
  5. Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  6. Sunnyside Museum, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  7. National Museum of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


As an actor, flute-player, singer, dancer, and spellbinding storyteller, Little Hawk evokes the spirit of his ancestors and makes his tradition come alive for his audience.

  1. Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  2. Denver Center Theatre, Denver, CO
  3. The Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  4. The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
  5. The National Theatre, Washington, DC
  6. McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ


From three-year-olds to graduate students, Little Hawk engages all in an unforgettable experience of active participation in Native American culture. Students and teachers dance, make music, laugh, and join in to help Little Hawk tell the stories.

  1. Columbia University, New York, NY
  2. New York University, New York, NY
  3. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  4. Long Island University, Queens, NY
  5. Nursery School of Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, NJ
  6. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, NJ
  7. Mountain Park Elementary School, Berkeley Heights, NJ
  8. Saint Cecilia School, Rockaway, NJ
  9. Central Middle School, Parsippany, NJ
  10. Point Road Elementary School, Little Silver, NJ
  11. Project Impact, an Arts in Education Foundation, Paramus, NJ
  12. Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ
  13. Maryland College, Westminster, MD

Special-Needs Facilities

Little Hawk's ability to engage and involve his audience, combined with his compassion and respect for the dignity of all people, makes him especially effective at reaching people with special needs. He brings joy and laughter to these very special people by touching their hearts.

  1. Association for Retarded Citizens of Essex County, Camp Hope Day Program, East Hanover, NJ
  2. Make-a-Wish Foundation, Toms River, NJ
  3. Water Wheel Handicapped Olympian Athletes, Area 3 Special Olympics, Equestrian Team, Blairstown, NJ
  4. Eden Institute, (provides lifespan service to children and adults with autism), Princeton, NJ
  5. Isaiah House, United Way of Essex and West Hudson, (Conference: "Positively Speaking, People Living with Aids Mobilized for Prevention"), East Orange, NJ
  6. David Minkin Rehabilitation Institute, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (for children with challenges ranging from behavioral and attention deficit disorders to physical disabilities), Brooklyn, NY
  7. Alzheimer's Ward, Veterans' Administration Hospital, Lyons, NJ
  8. Hospital Audiences Inc., New York, NY

Programs For Young People

Little Hawk has designed special programs for Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other organizations for young people. His work helps to teach children self-reliance and respect for themselves and others -- including respect for nature.

Native American Events and Performances

Little Hawk has been privileged to work with other Native Americans as an actor, composer, musician, singer, dancer, and master of ceremonies.

  1. Ramapough Lenape Pow Wow, Ringwood State Park, NJ
  2. Oneida Casino and Oneida Turtle School, Green Bay, WI
  3. Oneida Pow Wow, Madison, WI
  4. Lenape Learning Village, Leapapehoking Festival, Sandy Hook, NJ
  5. Intertribal Gathering, Maplewood, NJ
  6. Hopi Mesa Schools and Mission School, Hopi Reservation, AZ
  7. Annual Giving of Thanks to the First Peoples, The Cathedral of St. John The Divine, New York, NY
  8. Waterloo Village (a reconstructed Lenape village), Stanhope, NJ
  9. The Hawk Project, a Native American music and jazz band that promotes spiritual awareness and creativity

Parks and Nature Centers

With activities that excite people of all ages, Little Hawk teaches respect for animals, plants, and everything in nature. "We all must work together to mend the global hoop that encompasses our ecology and all creatures who walk, swim, crawl, or fly on the face of the Earth."

  1. The Rockefeller State Park, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  2. City of New York Parks and Recreation, Bronx, NY
  3. Division of Parks and Recreation, County of Union, Union, NJ
  4. The National Park Service, Manhattan Sites, New York, NY
  5. Alley Pond Environmental Center, Douglastown, NY
  6. Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, NJ
  7. LIFE Environmental Center, Larchmont, NY
  8. Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission Environment Center, Lyndhurst, NJ
  9. Bedford Audubon Society, Mount Kisco, NY
  10. Westmoreland Sanctuary, Bedford, NY

Religious Gatherings

Little Hawk has been honored with requests to compose music for and perform at worship services. His dignity, reverence, and love for the Great Spirit inspire his involvement in planning worship services, preaching, and serving as a resource on Native American Spirituality.

  1. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
  2. The First Presbyterian Church, Cranford, NJ
  3. United Methodist Church of Linden, Linden, NJ
  4. United Methodist Church of Summit, Summit, NJ
  5. Annual Community-wide Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, The Council of Congregations of Union, Union, NJ
  6. St. George's Episcopal Church, Maplewood, NJ

Contact Kenneth Little Hawk: 1-888-221-6732

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