Each year, were invite select nonprofits aligned with our mission and the communities we serve to the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival. One of our favorite nonprofits is Diné be’ iiná.
Diné be’ iiná is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that promotes a sustainable livelihood through the Navajo Way of Life. Traditionally, this has been sheep, wool, and weaving.
For the Diné, the agro-pastoral lifeway and Navajo-Churro sheep evolved in the vast deserts, plateaus, and mountain ranges of the Colorado Plateau. For centuries, the sheep and goats provided the Diné with economic self-sufficiency. Diné culture and spiritual practices reflect the ebb and flow of traditional shepherding and weaving practices.
Each year, Diné be’ iiná hosts Sheep is Life in conjunction with Diné College and the Land Grant Office. The event is a “Navajo Sheep Camp” like set-up and gathering for all those who love sheep, wool, fiber arts, and the diverse cultures that have maintained these lifeways.
Unfortunately, just like the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, Sheep is Life had to be cancelled this year. In future years, we highly encourage you to attend and support the Sheep is Life event. In the meantime, donations can be made online to aid Diné be’ iiná in the important work they do.