To the Navajo people of the American Southwest, “sheep is life.” The Navajo-Churro sheep is the original breed, which has sustained the Navajo, Pueblo, and Hispanic People for 400 years. On the verge of extinction a generation ago, the Navajo-Churro is making a comeback to the Navajo people. The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity recognizes the breed as a culturally and genetically important animal, worthy of international recognition. This film offers a portrait of rarely seen traditional Navajo lifeways and sustainable herding practices in the remote Arizona-New Mexico homeland.
Length: 30 min.
Director: Peter Blystone and Margaret Chanler
Producer: Peter Blystone and Margaret Chanler
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Distributor: Blystone Films
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Festival Screenings and Awards:
Sabores Sin Fronteras Conference, Tucson, AZ; Navajo Churro Sheep Association, Blanding, Utah; Sheep is Life, Farmington, NM; Slow Food on Film Festival, Bologna, Italy; Sedona Native American Film Festival, Sedona, AZ; Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, CA; Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Flagstaff, AZ; Flagstaff Food Film Festival, Northern Arizona University, AZ.