Message #46 From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 05:15:00 Subject: 1998 Sheep Is Life [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Suzanne Jamison Sheep is Life - A Celebration of Shepherds and Weavers Contacts: Suzanne Jamison, Project Coordinator, voice, 505-536-9339; e-mail Suzanne Jamison Dates: Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28, 1998 Location: San Juan College, Farmington , New Mexico Information: Recursos de Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization 505-982-9301, ext. 6; 800-732-6881 to request a brochure. Sheep is Life: A Celebration of Shepherds and Weavers is an annual event and year-round educational program bringing together representatives from cultures for whom "sheep is life" to share their rich heritages with each other and the public. The celebration focuses on the importance of sheep raising to traditional lifeways; the role of sheep in the evolution of cultures; the special qualities of wool, meat and survival rates of hardy sheep breeds; issues of land use and range management; and spiritual, psychological and cultural values. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Dine bi iina' (Navajo Lifeways), Navajo-Churro Sheep Association, Navajo Sheep Project, and Recursos de Santa Fe are collaborating with other organizations to present a public celebration June 25-28, 1998, at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. ALBC will be holding its annual meeting as part of the event, and the N-CSA will hold its regional meeting. The event includes a seminar; hands-on activities for all ages at the sheep camp; exhibits of rare and endangered livestock breeds; and arts and crafts sales. Workshops will be offered on topics such as animal husbandry, processing wool from Navajo-Churro sheep, weaving, economic development, and grazing and range management. Sheep is Life honors all people struggling to maintain their agrarian and pastoralist lifestyle in the face of modern pressures. The purpose of this annual Celebration is to strengthen community;educate the public; bring together ranchers and pastoralists; provide economic support for sheep, goat, and wool producers and weavers; and share the love of sheep, wool, weaving, and land. This annual celebration is presented with support from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Intermountain Farmers Association, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program administered by the Fund for Folk Culture, Navajo-Churro Sheep Association, Navajo Sheep Project, San Juan College, and others Special Events and Activities * Sharon Begay, President of Dine be iina' and Navajo Culture Teacher at Ganado Primary School, is orchestrating a range of activities for children and adults to experience Sheep Culture. Each day there will be special sheep recipes to taste; poetry writing workshops; storytelling; and time for elders and youth to share. People of all ages can make "box looms" and small weavings, participate in hands-on activities such as wool washing, spinning, and felt-making, and learn about plants used in native dyeing. * Arts and crafts tables and food booths will be set up each day. * Rare and endangered breeds of sheep and other livestock, including the Navajo-Churro, will be in portable pens. There will also be a workshop on training guard llamas. * Demonstrations include traditional and indigenous wool processing techniques by artists from many cultures. * A Sheep Cook-out and Campfire honors our elders with stories, poetry, and song. Sheep is Life develops programs and provides services to traditional and native cultures to: 1) increase recognition of the importance of sheep to cultures and lifeways; 2) improve the quality of all sheep and wool resources; 3) improve marketing of wool and lamb products; 4) educate the public and regulatory agencies about the importance of sheep to the lifeways of native and traditional peoples; and, 5) promote economic development that is culturally relevant to rural and indigenous communities. Registration for the lectures and workshops is $125 for four days; single day rates are available. Fee waivers and work exchange positions are available for persons with low income, students, and seniors. No one will be turned away for lack of funds to pay. All the events and activities at the Sheep Camp are free. Call Recursos de Santa Fe, 1- 800-732-6881 to request a brochure; 505-982-9301, ext. 6 to speak to the Registrar; fax 505-989-8608; or e-mail email@example.com. Recursos de Santa Fe is a nonprofit organization presenting educational programs on the arts, cultures, literature, and humanities of the Southwest.