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.
Attend Sheep Is life In Person Event
FREE for all ages!
Volunteer at event
Sheep & Wool Show /Camping
Become a Vendor or presenter
June Upcoming Schedule
27th Annual Sheep Is Life Celebration in year of 2023
For more information, contact the Sheep is Life Coordinator, Roy Kady at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or call Roy at 505-860-7958.
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)
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.
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.
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
- 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
Average price range $90-$100
Hotel & restaurant onsite
(1/2 mile or less to Navajo Nation Museum)
Navajo Land Inn – Window Rock
Average price range $85-$95
Hotel & Denny’s Restaurant Next Door
(6 min (3.8 miles) to Navajo Nation Museum)
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.
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)
- Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
- Diné College
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Canyon de Chelly National Monument
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park
- Asaayi Lake (near Navajo, NM)
- Wheatfield Lake (near Tsaile, AZ)
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.
Navajo Fish and Wildlife
Wheatfield Lake Camping Area
General info about campground:
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)
Discover Navajo Website for additional information on camping and RV parks.
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.***
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
Click here for a quick list of the Navajo Nation Directory of phone numbers for First Responders on Navajo Nation.