In this special episode I hit the road and visit a sheep camp near Shiprock, N.M. to talk with a sheep herder family and Aretta Begay (Diné), director of Diné be’iiná, or Navajo Lifeway, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving and strengthening Navajo sheep culture. Also: Diné be’iiná hosts their annual Sheep is Life Celebration on June 16 and 17 at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.
All photos by Andi Murphy
A mama Navajo-Churro.
The Garnanez winder sheep camp is northwest of the Shiprock rock formation.
The best coffee.
Future sheep dogs.
Green chile tortillas burgers for everyone.
Inside the hogan.
Ice, an old sheep dog. She once herded 1,000 + sheep.
Aretta Begay, director of Diné be’iiná.
When it’s time to butcher, the carcass is hung on this.
Ron checking on tortillas.
This cat has a job, too. He keeps the mice away.
Ron bringing in his sheep.
Reginald Garnanez and this little companion, Knuckles.