20th Annual Sheep Is Life CelebrationNovember 25, 2015
Celebrate the Navajo sheep culture and pastoral lifeways this summer. Co sponsored by the Land Grant Office of Dine College.
Shiprock, NM: Today, the Dine Be’ Iiná Inc have launched an all volunteer effort to conduct the Sheep Is Life annual event to focus on continuing the interest in the Navajo sheep culture and spirituality. Sheep Is Life will be held June 12-19, 2016 in Tsaile, AZ at the Dine College Campus.
Sheep is Life is a gathering for all weavers, artists and those who love sheep, wool, fiber arts and the diverse cultures that have maintained these lifeways for thousands of years. Sheep is Life also focuses on the role of raising awareness on the role of the Navajo-Churro sheep in the evolution of Navajo weaving; special qualities of Navajo-Churro wool, meat and survival rates; and economic development for small scale sheep and wool producers. Everyone is welcome. Bring tools, spindles, sheep, wool, art and creativity to share.
Pre-Celebration Fiber Arts Workshops will be held from June 12-17, 2016 include weaving workshops, , twill weaving, hand spinning, carding, wool dyeing, vest felting, sash belt, horse cinch weaving, lead rope braiding and advance weaving techniques. Free public events will be held on June 17-19th which includes sheep and wool shows, speakers, workshops, vendor, tasting event, youth activities, seminars, sheep to loom demonstrations, Navajo fiber show/store and many more.
Dine Be’ Iiná Inc is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the Navajo Nation since 1991. Dine Be’ Iiná’s mission is to restore the balance between Dine Culture, life and land. It is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and assisted by many individuals who generously contribute time and resources. We collaborate with many other organizations that we collaborate with in providing workshops and promoting leadership, economic development and support for traditional lifeways of Diné shepherds and fiber artists.