Diné be' iiná events announced

The Sheep is Life conference Diné be' iiná, Inc. (The Navajo Lifeway) presents a two-part event series scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, and Monday through Thursday, June 11-14. These workshops and stories will take place in Tsaile.

The Sheep is Life celebrates sheep, wool, and weaving with two days of free public events on June 15 and 16, Friday and Saturday, at Diné  College in Tsaile. Hands-on activities, sheep and wool demonstrations, workshops, and storytelling events are scheduled daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Organized by Diné be' iiná, Inc. (The Navajo Lifeway), the eleventh annual Celebration honors the central role that sheep play in the philosophy and daily life of diverse traditional and indigenous cultures. All are invited to bring spindles, spinning wheels, wool, yarn, and weavings. Sharing and learning are at the heart of the celebration.

Highlights of the celebration include: workshops in wool processing, weaving, and other fiber arts, Monday - Friday; Evening spinning and storytelling with Navajo elders during the week; two days of free events, vendors, and hands-on demonstrations, Friday and Saturday; herd health care and management of sheep, goats, and other livestock; a benefit awards dinner, Friday, 6 p.m.; Navajo-Churro Sheep and Wool Show, open to all, Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.; Navajo Rug Auction, Saturday, 6 p.m.; Navajo Sheep Project 30th Anniversary; Navajo-Churro Sheep Camp Tours; "Weaving World" film by Bennie Klain.

To review the conference information, visit www.navajolifeway.org for a complete schedule. Complete information, schedules, registrations, and brochures are available at www.navajolifeway.org. For information, call 928-729-2037 or e-mail jay_bjr@yahoo.com.

Diné bí' íína' is a nonprofit organization founded in Arizona in 1991. It represents the Navajo Nation Sheep and Goat Producers, providing leadership, technical information, and economic development assistance to individuals and families, and supporting traditional lifeways associated with sheep, wool, and goat producing. The organization seeks to restore status to sheep herding and to promote the education that is necessary for its pursuit in the modern world.

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