The Sheep Is Life Fiber Arts Workshops

The Sheep Is Life Fiber Arts Workshops





Contact TahNibaa Naataanii, Executive Director, +1 505 406-7428

On-Line Registration at or e-mail

All workshops are at Diné College in Tsailé, AZ. Times listed are Mountain Daylight Time.

Classes are open to all, including visitors from other parts of the US and abroad.


Registration closes June 15!


JUNE 17 – 21, 2013



Instructor: Sarah H. Natani Day/Time: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn how to weave the Navajo way on a traditional vertical loom and how to create patterns

using different colors. This class is designed for those new to Navajo Weaving. (5 days)

Tuition and materials and loom rental: $600.



Instructor: Gilbert Begay Day/Time: Wednesday –Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Participants will learn how to weave a Navajo Sash Belt and create a design using the floating

warp method. (3 days) Tuition and materials: $395.



Instructor: Roy Kady Day/Time: Wednesday –Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn to weave a horse cinch and create designs or striped patterns. Some weaving experience is required. (2 days) Tuition and materials: $300.



Instructor: Edith Simonson Day/Time: Wednesday –Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn to recognize and collect native plant dyes in the field on Day One. On Day Two, select at

least three plants and learn to create dyes using different mordants and processes to obtain a

range of colors on Navajo-Churro wool. (2 days) Tuition and materials: $300.



Instructor: Beverly Allen. Day/Time: Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Card Navajo-Churro raw wool with a hand carder and learn how to spin wool using the Navajo

Lap Spindle. Students will become familiar with the “z” twist, soft spinning, teasing the wool,

and spinning the final product. (1 day) Tuition and Materials: $175.00



Instructor: Alyssa Harrison Day/Time: Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn how to felt raw wool to make wall hangings, scarves, seamless hats, bags, clothing, and

whatever your imagination can create. Experiment with design application and learn about how

fibers bind together when agitated in water. (1 day) Tuition and materials: $145.



Instructor: TahNibaa Naataanii Day/Time: Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn how to felt a scarf using Navajo Churro fleece. Experiment with design application using

a variety of fibers, novelty wool and recycled fabric. $125.



Please inquire at with questions on class content.

Materials are included in the fee to ensure that each student has the proper items

to get the most out of the class.

Registration closes June 15!

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Fine Arts Competition! Over $50.000 in Awards

Fine Arts Competition

At the 66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

Sponsored by Fire Rock Navajo Casino

September 3 – 9, 2012

Window Rock, Arizona 

Over $50.000 in Awards

Nozhoni Fine Arts Competition


2 Entries per Artist

Best of Show Award

President’s Choice Award

Vice-President’s Choice Award

Legendary Award

Horizon Award


Paintings, Drawings & Graphics Category

Jewelry Category

Basket Category

Pottery Category

Fiber Arts Category

Sculpture Category

Diverse Arts Category

Cultural Arts NEW Category

Photography NEW Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

Honorable Mention

YOUTH DIVISIONS (12 to 17 years old)

Y-2D Category

Y-3D Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention

CHILDREN DIVISIONS (up to 11 years old)

Y-2D Category

Y-3D Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention


S-2D Category

S-3D Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

Honorable Mention

Fine Arts Competition RULES & REGULATIONS

The FAC/NAM Committee will be accepting Art for Fine Art Competition on August 30th & 31st, 2012,  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Gorman Hall on the Navajo Nation Fair grounds.

All work must be handmade by the artist within One Year Period of September 2012.  The art to be related to the artist’s tribal affiliation.

Eligibility & Tribal Verification
Artists are required to provide Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) and Drivers License verification for age division.

Art Delivery
Each Artist Allowed Two Art Pieces for the Fine Arts Competition.  The artist to deliver art on August 30 & 31, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Gorman Hall on the Navajo Nation fair grounds.  The Navajo Nation Museum staff will be available to accept entries.  NO entries will be accepted after 4:00 pm.

Best of Show Winner
A booth will be provided for the winner of Best of Show.  The artist will need to be present at the booth that should to remain open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am. to 8:00 pm. & on Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Nizhoni Arts Market Booths
Artists who have NAM booth will have their art returned after judging to display & sell at their booth.  However, top winners art work will remain on display in the Fine Art Competition Gallery.

Consignment Fee
Consignment art sale fee15% for art sold at the NNFAC to made payable to NNF FAC.

Premium Prize Awards
Premium payouts by FAC Coordinator to be made on the following days: Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 2pm – 4pm.  Prize awards not claimed will be forfeited by 5 pm on September 14, 2012.

Artist Portrait & Photographs of Art
Artists and art will be photographed for winning categories. The photographs will be utilized for publicity purposes to promote the Navajo Nation Fair and the NAM.

Fine Art Competition Judging
Fine Art judging to be held on September 1, 2012. Results to remain confidential until VIP & Media reception on Wednesday, September 6, 2012.

VIP & Media Preview
VIP & Media only preview on Wednesday, September 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Artifacts & Ceremonial Objects
Absolutely no item(s) will be accepted if suspected to be of prehistoric or culturally sensitive artifacts is ruled by the museum staff.   The use of materials, such as raptor feathers or endangered species is prohibited.

Traditional, contemporary and evolving jewelry. No false representation of materials or origins will be tolerated.

Commercially produced pottery, slip molds, or green ware are strictly prohibited.  Contemporary pottery forms are acceptable.  Hand coiled or wheel thrown are acceptable.

Traditional & contemporary basketry made of natural fibers and the use of natural and aniline dyes are acceptable.

Paintings, Drawings, Graphics – 2D
Paintings, drawings and graphics MUST be framed and ready for hanging or will not be hung for display.

Photography MUST be framed and ready for hanging or will not be hung for display or will not be hung for display.

Children & Youth Art
Framed or matted & shrink wrapped with proper hanging for display or will not be hung for display.

Clothing Apparel
Provide mannequin and proper hanging devices for display or item(s) will not be hung for display.

Display for Show
Proper hanging or display devices to be brought in with art for display.  The FAC/NAM committee has the option to hang or not due to space or inadequate hanging device.

Fiber Arts
Textiles, blankets, belts and purses must be handmade and woven within One Year Period of September 2012 and entered by the weaver.  All natural yarns and dyes are acceptable.  Synthetic or acrylic yarn must be properly labeled. To include textiles, sash belts, traditional/contemporary clothing and all weavings. Sewing machine and hand stitched work is acceptable for all clothing.

Stone, bronze and other metals are acceptable.

Dolls in traditional categories must use materials historically associated with its native culture.  Artists are not to display dolls of tribes other than their own tribal affiliation.

Bead, Quill & Leather
Plastic beads or “bead stringers” and commercial tanned hide are allowed.

Diverse Arts A category to recognize artist’s unique contemporary and multi-media work.

Cultural Arts
A category to recognize artist’s work within their tribal traditions and utilize elements and components, handmade by the artist.  Such items are personal attire, accessories, dolls, figurative, and functional objects such as; bows,  arrows, cradle boards, boxes, knives, shields, furniture, lamps, beaded bottles, bandolier, bags, pipes, hide paintings and musical instruments such as drums, flutes, violins, etc.

Disqualification & Display
Art items that are identified as problematic due to the creation within a One Year Period of September 2012, and/or made by another artist will not be displayed and no award will be given.

Art Release/Check Out
No Early Art Check Out!  Art to be released ONLY to person with claim tag on Sunday, September 9th from 11am at Gorman Hall.

The Navajo Nation Museum and all programs will not be responsible or
Liable for any lost, stolen art and injuries or accidents on Navajo Nation property.

Clarenda Begay at (929) 592-2813 or Char Kruger at (928) 810-8536 or at