My name is Jonah Littlesunday. I am Diné (“The People – Navajo”). Born in Tuba City, AZ on the Navajo Nation. I am originally from Dinebito’. I lived in two beautiful lands, one in Grey Mountain with my grandparents and the other under the sacred Dookosliid San Francisco Peaks (in Flagstaff, Arizona). My clan is Áshįįhi (Salt People) born for the Kinłichii’nii (Red House Clan). My maternal grandfather is of the Tł‘ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People) and my paternal grandfather is of the Mą’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan). My wife, Pauline is from the Santa Cruz California area and is Mexican, Spanish and White.
My journey with the Native American Flute was inspired by words my cheii (“grandfather”) shared with me. He always taught me to pray. One day, I took my flute and prayed for one of our injured sheep. A stray dog had ripped into its leg. I prayed with my flute for its pain and healing. It fell asleep. Until now, I continue to pray. I pray through my songs for kids, elders and hospital patients. It has been through this practice that I discovered there are no limits to your music. All you have to do is remember who you are. A prayer always helps.
Life’s journey is like a leaf in the air. There are times you can’t control your fate. You just have to have faith and float with it. Through it all, I have had the honor of entertaining elders, audiences across North America, injured animals and wonderful kids. Ahe’hee (Navajo for “thank you.”). – Jonah Littlesunday