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2004

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Restoring Navajo-Churro Sheep: Community-Based Influences On A Traditional Navajo Fiber Resource And Textile , Susan Marie Strawn Jan 2004

Restoring Navajo-Churro Sheep: Community-Based Influences On A Traditional Navajo Fiber Resource And Textile , Susan Marie Strawn

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Factors that contribute to artisan sustainability are of critical importance to the world's artisans who depend on hand-produced textiles for income and livelihood, and for whom textile production is closely intertwined with cultural identity. Navajo weavers have processed and woven the wool of Navajo-Churro sheep into textiles for more than 350 years. Navajo-Churro sheep, destroyed to reduce over grazing and crossbred to near extinction, are being restored to the Navajo Nation. The purpose of this study is to document and interpret ways that the community-based Navajo organization Dine be' iina (The Navajo Lifeway, or DBI) influences the restoration of ...