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Sheep used to roam the desert valleys and mesas of traditional Navajo lands in herds numbering in the thousands. Today, herds are much smaller. A nonprofit organization, Navajo Lifeway or Diné be’iiná, is dedicated to preserving and strengthening traditional herding, butchering and weaving. We’ll take a trip to a Navajo sheep camp and talk about what’s being done to preserve sheep culture.
Aretta Begay (Diné) – director of Diné be’iiná
Crystal Littleben (Diné) – Miss Navajo Nation 17 to18
Roy Kady (Diné) – co-founder of Navajo-Churro Lamb Presidium and sheep herder
Break Music: Bah, Bah Black Sheep & Mary Had a Little Lamb (song) Radmilla Cody (artist) Precious Friends: Songs For Children (album)
Listen to producer Andi Murphy’s audio postcard from a sheep camp near Shiprock, New Mexico: