Friends Kelli Dunaj, owner of Spring Coyote Ranch, and Jay Begay, a Navajo shepherd, recently collaborated on a very special hide collection. The animals were raised by Jay on the Navajo Nation, where he butchered, fleshed, and salted the hides. Kelli brought the raw hides back to California where the tanning process was completed. The result were some of the most luxurious hides with unbelievable size, staple length, softness, and shimmer.
Both Kelli and Jay are committed to raising heritage breeds, with a special focus on the Navajo-Churro sheep. Kelli operates a 150-acre coastal ranch where she is committed to a deep sense of responsibility for the land and the livestock. Jay raises his flock on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, where he honors the skills learned from his paternal grandmother to continue the pastoral way of life.
50% of the proceeds from the sale of this special hide collection will be donated to Protect Native Elders, an indigenous-led, all-volunteer organization dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable members of tribes across the United States from COVID-19.
While the hides sold out quickly, be on the lookout for more from Kelli and Jay. Kelli currently has roving, yarn, and other merchandise available from Spring Coyote Ranch, with shop updates to come. Jay regularly teaches workshops at the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, spins for Four Corners Yarns, and is the shepherd behind the Navajo-Churro wool to be used in Four Corners Yarns upcoming mill-spun line.