Event Details

Bosque Redondo Memorial Fiber Fair

At Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner
5/4/24, Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Bosque Redondo Memorial

Visitors of all ages can connect to the history of Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site during the Fiber Fair on Saturday, May 4, 2024, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This interactive event includes live demonstrations and hands-on wool working activities using sheared wool from the site’s flock of Navajo Churro Sheep. The day’s festivities will include various activity stations, sheep viewing, food trucks provided by the Friends of Bosque Redondo Memorial, and more.

New Mexico has a rich and varied sheep and wool-related history, which is tied directly to the site. The Navajo Churro Sheep were brought by Diné (Navajo) captives who were forced to live on the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation in the 1860s. The sheep were crucial to their survival, providing milk, meat, and wool. The flocks nearly became extinct due to scorched earth warfare waged by the US military, as well as the dire need experienced by the Diné during their interment. The breed was threatened with extinction; however, concerted efforts have brought the Navajo Churro Sheep back from the brink of disappearing.

Activities throughout the day will include demonstrations about shearing, skirting, washing, carding, and spinning wool, as well as about dying, weaving, knitting, felting, and crocheting. Professional demonstrators will work with Navajo Churro Sheep wool, which is known for its softness, long staple, and beautiful natural colors.

Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. - Noon: Sheep shearing at the corrals

10:45 - 11 a.m.: Dedication of Billy the Kid statue at the site of the Maxwell House

11 a.m. - Noon: Friends of Bosque Redondo annual meeting in the community room

11:30 a.m. - Noon: Ranger talk at the sheep corrals

Noon - 1 p.m.: Lunch break

1 - 2 p.m.: Guided spinning class in the community room

2 - 3 p.m.: Guided weaving class in the community room

3 - 4 p.m.: Guided crochet class in the community room

Admission is $7 per adult and free to children 16 years and younger, and includes access to the Memorial exhibition, “Bosque Redondo…A Place of Suffering…A Place of Survival,” as well as access to all the wool-working stations and demonstrations, and a gift bag with samples of wool. The brand new outdoor interpretive trail will also be available for guests to explore the outdoors. Admission is free the Friends of the Bosque Redondo Memorial, Indigenous People, and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members.

Two food trucks provided by the Friends of Bosque Redondo Memorial will be available for visitors to purchase food. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Wonders on Wheels mobile museum will be onsite with an exciting new exhibit traveling from the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The Office of Archaeological Studies will also be at the event, offering demonstrations on yucca fiber arts, basket weaving, and turkey blankets.

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