Dine Be iina - Sheep Is Life. A Celebration of Sheep, Wool, and Weaving
Sheep is Life honors the central role of sheep in Navajo spirituality and daily life, and brings together people from many cultures who love sheep, wool, and weaving.
Din√?¬?√?¬© be√?¬?√?¬? iin√?¬?√?¬°, Inc. (The Navajo Lifeway) www.navajolifeway.org A nonprofit, 501c3 organization of Navajo sheep and wool producers seeking to restore the Navajo-Churro sheep, the first domesticated breed of livestock developed in the present-day U.S.
Navajo-Churro are well known for producing meat with 1/3 the fat content of commercial mutton breeds; for being prolific milk producers with milk being exceptionally good for chese making and ice cream; for producing the carpet-type wool that is exceptionally strong and lustrous in a variety of natural colors, plus having less lanolin so it requires less water to wash, making exceptionally strong yarns for carpet and making beautiful felted fabrics; for bearing twins and being exceptionally good mothers; and for being hardy in the harsh Southwest climates and utilizing the landscape in a more ecologically sound manner than other breeds of sheep and other livestock.
The Navajo-Churro sheep, listed as a rare and endangered breed by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy, were recently selected for the Slow Foods Ark of Taste, following their nomination by Deborah Madison and Don Bixby.
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