Southwest Crossroads Spotlight
“Navajos Shearing Sheep,” W.T. Mullarky (Photographer)
During the sixteenth century, the Spanish brought flocks of churro sheep to the Americas. The churro was an old and hardy breed originating in Spain. It could survive in rugged, dry terrain. Early Spanish, Pueblo, and Navajo weavers prized the long, silky fibers of churro fleece and wove beautiful clothing and rugs from it. Many of today’s flocks are not churros, although some Navajos and New Mexicans are working to reintroduce the breed to the Southwest.