Navajo Elderly Day

Golden Age Festivity Elderly Day

Friday, October 19, 2012

9 am – 3 pm

Navajo Elderly Day

Western Navajo Fair

Social Song and Dance

Host Group: Navajo Nation Swingers

– sheepherder specials, games, prizes

– entertainment, presentations

Please Bring Your Own Chairs, Umbrellas, Hats

TC NAAA and NNSDP will not responsible for any lost/stolen items, personal injury, vandalism on the premises. This is an alcohol and drug-free event!

Tuba City NAAA Office: 928-283-3350

Tuba City Senior Center: 928-283-3465

Navajo sheepherder and Child in Canyon De Chelly, AZ

Navajo Man and Child in Canyon de Chelly, AZ


Navajo man and child at White House Ruins in Canyon de Chelly. A herd of sheep in the background.

Publisher Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Date Original ca. 1920-1940

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Navajo sheepherder with Navajo-Churro sheep about 1920

The Navajo-Churro, or Churro for short, was the very first breed of domesticated sheep in the New World and dates back to the 16th century where it was used to feed and clothe the armies of the conquistadors and Spanish settlers.

Navajo sheepherder with sheep

Navajo sheepherder with Churro sheep

Although secondary to the Merino, the Churra (later corrupted to “Churro” by American frontiersmen) was prized by the Spanish for its remarkable hardiness, adaptability and fecundity.