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We invite you to attend the 27th Annual Sheep Is Life Celebration on June 16 & 17, 2023 

This event is presented by Dine Be’Iina Inc, Navajo Churro Sheep Association, and the Navajo Nation Museum in partnership.

 

 

 

 

Navajo Churro Sheep Association

NCSA

 

 

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FREE for all ages! 

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 Sheep & Wool Show /Camping

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27th Annual Sheep Is Life Celebration in year of 2023

For more information, contact the Sheep is Life Coordinator, Roy Kady at roykady@outlook.com / sheepislife23@outlook.com or call Roy at 505-860-7958. 

 

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June 16-17, 2023 Event Location

Navajo Nation Museum Outdoor Cultural Center, Window Rock, AZ 

Arizona 264 and Loop Road, Window Rock, AZ 86515

505-860-7958 Phone (Coordinator)

sheepislife23@gmail.com

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Sheep Is Life Coordinator & Team Member(s):

 

Roy Kady is Navajo, he is currently serving as the new 2023 Coordinator of the Sheep Is Life Event and volunteer board member to Dine Be’Iina. Roy enjoys weaving, traveling, and teaching various fiber art classes and shows.


Roy Kady

SIL Coordinator & Volunteer Board Member

What is Sheep Is Life?

Sheep Is Life is a “Navajo Sheep Camp” like set-up and gathering for all those who love sheep, wool, fiber arts, and the diverse cultures that have maintained these lifeways for thousands of years. Everyone is welcomed to the event, with no fee. Bring your favorite weaving tools, spindles, sheep, wool your art work and creativity to share. 

First SIL Event


1996 was the first recorded event in Farmington, NM @ the San Juan College. 

 

27th Annual SIL


This year we are celebrating 27 years of fiber art education, advocacy of the Navajo Churro Sheep breeds, recognizing the importance of sheep in Navajo culture.

 

Sheep & Wool show


Sheep show competition, and shorn wool fleece competition are the main event.

Main event fundraiser


Every year we have this event, we hire local artists, and shepherds to take part. We rely on donations and volunteers to help us make the event a success. We appreciate your support.

 

 

Check back later for tentative agenda & virtual sign in instructions, thank you for your patience. 

 

 

 Dine Be’Iina Logo was created by Harry McCabe.

 

 

Traveling to Sheep Is Life

The event is held at Window Rock, Arizona, which is also the capital of the Navajo Nation (Navajo: Tségháhoodzán*).  A couple of hotels are available in town, as are some restaurants and fast food restaurants. Windows Rock is located in Apache County, Arizona. It has an estimated population of 2,454. Climate for June is average high is 80F and low of 48F.
  • Window Rock is served by a local regional airport : Window Rock Airport. Window Rock Airport is a public use airport located one nautical mile south of the central business district of Window Rock, in Apache County. It is owned by the Navajo Nation.
  • Tourism is an integral part of the local economy. Window Rock attracts a large number of tourists and visitors due to its close proximity to many national parks and sites and Navajo government. The area is a popular base of commerce for the regional people as well.

Window Rock is near to: (1 hour drive in radius)

 

Quality Inn- Navajo Nation Capitol

Phone (928)871-4108

Average price range $90-$100

Hotel & restaurant onsite
(1/2 mile or less to Navajo Nation Museum)

Website booking

Navajo Land Inn – Window Rock

Phone (928)871-5690

Average price range $85-$95

Hotel & Denny’s Restaurant Next Door 
(6 min (3.8 miles) to Navajo Nation Museum)

Website booking

Gallup, New Mexico (next largest town)

29 min (24.8 mi) via NM-264 W

Visit Official website to book your stay, eat or find other places to visit.
Offers several affordable hotels, restaurants & store. Gallup is a small city in New Mexico, on historic Route 66 & I-40 Freeway.  Estimate population 20,000 residents. 

 

Website for listings

Camping Options While Attending Sheep Is Life Event

We recommend local National Park Service campgrounds, as they have seasonal passes, with water hookups if needed. Other sites are under different departments, we advise calling the Navajo Nation EPA for campfire status/fire status to plan for no fires or have a camp stove only. EPA issues fire permits (or register your fire) for free via email or phone at 505-729-4252.
Please follow all Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Rules & Regulations. Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation oversees all Navajo Tribal Parks on the Navajo Nation Reservation.

Campgrounds/ Places to see near Window Rock: (1 hour drive in radius)

 

Navajo Nation Parks and Rec

Call to book via phone (928)871-6647
Nearest camping Asaayi Bowl Canyon Campground

Average price range $20 campsite + General admission fee. 30 campsites available, opens in May to Oct 2022.

Permits can be reserved ahead of time or emailed. First come first served basis.

Website

 

Navajo Fish and Wildlife 

Wheatfield Lake Camping Area
General info about campground:
Phone (928)871-5690

Free to camp, need fire permit/registration to build campfire.
EPA issues fire permits for free via email or phone at 505-729-4252.

Near Tsaile, AZ (1 hour to Window Rock)

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Discover Navajo Website for additional information on camping and RV parks.

Note:
According to the “Safer-at-Home” order issued August 12, 2021, the Navajo Nation is returning to “Orange Phase”; thereby Navajo Parks and Recreation will continue to follow all safety protocols.  All Navajo Tribal Parks are following all NDOH and CDC Guidelines; therefore Navajo Nation mandates Wearing Masks in Public.
NDOH PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER
HEALTH ADVISORY NOTICE NO. 65
***MASKS ARE MANDATORY ON THE NAVAJO NATION INDOOR/OUTDOOR.***

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Contacts for traveling emergencies

Due to the isolation of these parks, campgrounds, rescue operations are not readily available. Remember to please inform someone of your whereabouts and stay informed of inclement weather.

  • Call 911 if you have serious emergencies
  • Coconino County Sheriff’s Office: 1-800-338-7888
  • Arizona State Patrol: 1-800-525-5555
  • Navajo Nation Ranger Headquarters: (928) 871-6701
  • Navajo Nation Law Enforcement Offices: 
    • Window Rock District: (928) 871-7544
    • Tuba City District: (928) 283-3111
    • Kayenta District: (928) 697-5600
    • Chinle District: (928) 674-2111

Emergency Numbers

 

Click here for a quick list of  the Navajo Nation Directory of phone numbers for First Responders on Navajo Nation.

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27th Annual Sheep Is Life Celebration is Back!

June 16-17, 2023
Navajo Nation Museum
Window Rock, AZ 86515

For questions or inquiry to participate email our Event Coordinator, Roy Kady at sheepislife23@outlook.com

Visit our webpage for more information. www.navajolifeway.org/sheep-is-life .