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Sheep Is Life - 17th Annual Celebration of Navajo Weaving and Shepherding Culture

Festival Event

Fiber arts demonstration - weaving. – Cindy Dvergsten

ADA Accessibility Notes

Mostly outdoors. Water bottles, good shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and cover for arms and legs are recommended during the day. Jackets are suggeted for cool evenings.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

Children and Adults

Description of Event

The 17th Annual Sheep is Life Celebration will be held Monday June 17th through Saturday June 22nd 2013 at the Diné College on the Tsailé Campus in the Navajo Nation, located at the junction of Highways 64 and 12 on the northeast rim of Canyon de Chelly. Full service accommodations and dining are available in nearby Chinle AZ. A great destination for tourists.

Do not miss an opportunity to experience Navajo culture and arts first hand. Free public events are held Friday and Saturday June 21st & 22nd 2013. Enjoy demonstrations of various fiber arts techniques including weaving, felting, spinning, braiding, and hide tanning. Enjoy vendors, exhibits, talks, sheep camp, Navajo rug sales, fireside discussions, youth programs, Navajo Churro sheep and wool clinics, good food and other great activities. A closing awards ceremony will wrap up the celebration with awards for Shepherdess of the Year, Gold Tooth Begay Lifetime Achievement, and Youth Achievement awards.

Diné (Navajo) fiber arts and culture workshops will be offered Monday through Friday. Learn and from Navajo master artists. Workshops are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Materials/ loom rentals are included. Fees may be charged. Some accommodation may be available on campus.

For more information and a video of Sheep is Life visit or visit Dine Be Iina on Facebook. E-mail: [email protected] We welcome vendors. Please see website or contact us for details.

Personal note by Cindy Dvergsten: I have been attending Sheep is Life since 1998. Each year offers new experiences and memories that I treasure. If you want to immerse yourself in Navajo Culture this is the place to do it!. Navajo Churro Sheep are the first domesticated breed of livestock in the US and are in danger of extinction. Our Navajo people have evolved a culture and way of life centered around these precious animals and their unique fiber. Please come and support the continuance of traditional Navajo lifeways. We look forward to seeing you in June!

Pet Friendly Notes

All dogs must be on leash! There will be sheep and other livestock in area.