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Native America Calling: Sheep to loom: Native wool processing and fiber working
Your National Electronic Talking Circle
Monday, June 7, 2021

Navajo sheep herders are usually busy at this time of year.

Depending on the size of their herd, shearing sheep is is a process that can take weeks. Clipping raw wool from sheep is one of the first steps to making famous Navajo rugs and dresses.

Weavers on the Navajo Nation in 1972. Photo: Environmental Protection Agency

Weavers then take over to process and dye wool and spin it into yarn.

Native America Calling will talk with sheep herders and weavers about the cultural and artistic process of taking wool from sheep to the loom.

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