The Navajo elders cried when they saw Sharon Begay bringing the sacred Churro sheep back to the reservation. They thought the “old time” sheep were gone forever. As children, they weaved the fleece and lived on the mutton. They also witnessed government forces slaughter their families’ Churro to prevent over-grazing. This presentation features photographs and anecdotes documenting one Navajo family’s journey to help save the Churro, and in the process, saving the family and Navajo culture.
Stacia Spragg is a photographer mainly interested in families and communities struggling to maintain cultural identity. She is a former staff photographer with the Albuquerque Tribune, and has covered projects in the Balkans, Cuba and Uganda, including an extensive project on Bulgarian Gypsies.