PastFinder Gathering: Where Have All the Sheep Gone-Sheep Herders and Ranchers in Arizona-A Disappearing Industry
August 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jesuit missionary Padre Eusebio Kino introduced sheep to the Pimaria Alta at San Xavier del Bac in 1697 and so began the fascinating story of sheep herding for wool and meat in Arizona. Barbara Jaquay will take you across the State and the fluctuation of this industry to times of droughts, raids and other economic factors. At the height of the industry, there were approximately 1.5 million sheep and 150 sheep owners. Today, two families still graze sheep in the traditional method of moving the animals in the cyclical rhythm of the land.
Speaker: Barbara Jaquay