How Can You Get Involved?
Rainbow Fiber Co-Op will be offering Diné grown Navajo-Churro fiber products for sale online Winter 2021! Learn more about our efforts to support critically endangered Navajo-Churro sheep flocks and find out how YOU can get involved today.
Kelly Skacy, Diné shepherd
The sheep feed us, clothe us, and reassure us that they’re still holding onto this land for us.
Nikyle Begay, Founder, Diné shepherd and fiber artist
“Sheep Is Life” is the culture of my people. We’re taught that when we care for the sheep, they’ll care for us, providing sustenance, warmth, and life lessons.
Irene Bennalley, Diné shepherd and fiber artist
The sheep are like our parents. They feed us and give us comfort from the cold.
The Rainbow Story
The “Rainbow” in our project name is tied to an origin story of T’áá Dibé—the First Sheep. Beautiful brown sheep are considered a special blessing to a flock from the Rainbow People and the Sun God. This is the story as told by Nikyle Begay.
The History of Navajo-Churro Sheep
Diné philosophy, spirituality, and sheep are intertwined like wool in the strongest weaving. Sheep symbolize the Good Life, living in harmony and balance on the land. Read more from Diné be'iiná (The Navajo Lifeway).