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Ames Forester

Article Title

The Navajo Sheep Herder

Abstract

Most popular literature states that the Navajo Indian is a “natural born sheep herder.” This fallacy should be corrected since any experienced observer would soon find that the reverse is more than true. He would find that the sheep industry has survived only through the type of stock originally used and the persistence of the Navajo in preserving his flocks. The object of this paper is to present a few of the facts concerning the methods of handling the sheep and range by the Navajo Indians. It may be proper to first give a short history of the sheep industry in the Navajo country.

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