Sheep Ranching Questions & Answers
with Henry Etcheverry, Laird Noh & Ranching Friends
Friday, October 6, 2017 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Library, 415 Spruce Avenue, Ketchum
Laird Noh was the fourth generation in his family to run Noh Sheep Company. In addition to running the family’s ranch with his wife and Idaho educator, Kathleen, Laird served in the Idaho State Senate from 1981–2004. He graduated from the University of Idaho and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has received an Honorary Doctor of National Resources from his alma mater, the Silver Ram Award for Leadership from the American Sheep Industry and in 2005 a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nature Conservancy.
Sheep Tales Gathering
Documentary Film Screening:
"The Shepherdess of the Glaciers"
Friday, October 6, 2017
Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valle7
For the 21st Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, we are bringing in Stanzin Dorjai-Gya as the presenter for our Friday night Sheep Tales Gathering. Stanzin and Christiane Mordelet created a documentary film centered on a shepherdess (Stanzin’s sister) who herds sheep and cashmere goats in the High Himalayas titled “Shepherdess of the Glaciers.”
“On a rock-strewn mountain, 5,000 meters high in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, lives shepherdess Tsering with her flock of 250 sheep and cashmere goats. We follow Tsering’s solitary movements over a year, from her home village to the high plateaus where she acts as midwife to her goats, warms batteries on a cooking pot and occasionally sings to herself and the surrounding landscape. Her only access to events in the outside world is via a small transistor radio and she daily faces the troubling presence of wolves and a snow leopard. Having turned 40, Tsering now finds the pastoral life physically challenging, whilst climate change is endangering her livestock. Packed with stunning images of the Gya-Miru Valley, “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers” reveals the ancestral wisdom of those Ladakhi shepherds whose environment and livelihoods are under severe threat.”
Co-director Stanzin Dorjai Gya is the brother of The Shepherdess of the Glaciers’ protagonist, Tsering. They shared the same hard life until, at age 14, Stanzin went to study in Delhi. He has previously directed Living with Change: Voices from Ladakh (2009) and co-directed Migchoou (2008). Stanzin now lives in Leh, Ladakh, and makes frequent trips to France to lecture and present his films.
Stanzin and Christiane’s previous collaborations include Land of Summits (2009), What We May Have Lost (2012) and Jungwa: The Broken Balance (2012).
Awards for this film include: Visions Du Reel 2016: International Premiere International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala 2016: Special Jury Mention (Long Documentary); and, after BANFF from Canada, “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers” Won the Best Documentary Award of CINEMATHEQUEMONTAGE at GAP.
For the Festival’s Sheep Tales Gathering, we will be at the Sun Valley Opera House to screen the film and then conduct a Question & Answer Session with Stanzin. The evening will be moderated by Linda Cortright. Linda is the editor and publisher of Wild Fibers Magazine. In addition to publishing the magazine, she offers multiple tours annually connecting travelers with wild fibers and remarkable people around the world through adventurous and thoughtful trips. Linda has coordinated bringing Stanzin to the US in Fall 2017 and his participation in the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a centerpiece of this visit.
Online registration begins Saturday, July 1 and runs through Thursday, October 5 at 11:59 pm.
Registration at Limelight Hotel Ketchum (Festival Headquarters) Friday, October 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or at the Sun Valley Opera house starting at 6:00 pm until sold out.
Utah Wool Growers Education Trailer
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Folklife Fair, McKercher Park, Hailey
Utah's Lamb and Wool Producers and the Utah Wool Growers Association work to continue their proud legacy of caring for the animals, the land and their communities, and passing this heritage on to future generations. We hope the photos, videos and sheep camp replica in the Education Trailer will help tell the story of the western sheep producer: sustainable grazing, versatile wool, delicious lamb, animal care and families working together. (Learn more at www.utahwoolgrowers.com.)
Naturally Inspiring: The Story of Wool
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Presented by Monica Ebert, Wool Laboratory Manager, Montana Wool Lab, Montana State University
Ever wonder about the process wool undergoes before it becomes a final product? What do the farmers and ranchers do produce a high-quality wool clip on a yearly basis? How do manufacturers decide what style of wool they need for a final product? This workshop will cover the story of wool from sheep to shelf on a commercial level to provide an in depth look into the incredible journey of wool.
Monica Ebert’s passion for the wool industry stems from her lifelong involvement in the sheep industry having been born into a small purebred sheep operation in Northeast Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Apparel Design and Apparel Marketing from Kansas State University, and received her Master’s degree in Animal Science from Angelo State University where she focused her research efforts on sheep genetics and wool apparel product development. Her thesis research project challenged her to gain a better understanding of the entire process of the manufacturing of apparel goods starting with raw wool production. As the Wool Laboratory Manager at Montana State University, she always enjoys the chance to share her passion for wool with others.
History of Sheepherding in the Wood River
Valley with John Peavey, Rancher, Flat Top Sheep Co.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Ketchum Town Square (weather permitting; bring your lawn chairs!)
Adjacent to Starbucks at the Sun Valley Visitor Center
Sun Valley Road, Ketchum
Local historian Jerry Seiffert and third generation sheep rancher, John Peavey, Flat Top Sheep Co., will be on hand to tell stories of the Wood River Valley and the Lane Merc, a gathering place for sheepmen over the years.
Sheep Shuttle & Sheepherder Walk
With John Peavey, Rancher, Flat Top Sheep Co. and
Jerry Seiffert, Local Historian
Sunday, October 9, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ketchum Forest Service Park
Enjoy a guided hike through area aspen groves to view sheepherder tree carvings a disappearing western art form. Ride the Sheep Shuttle to the Sheepherder hike north of Ketchum. Third generation sheep rancher and former Senator, John Peavey, Flat Top Sheep Co. and Jerry Seiffert will share stories and answer questions about the history and traditions of sheep ranching life. And, John and his loyal sheepdog Aggie, will be on the bus to share stories during the ride! (Ride the shuttle for a $10 fee or follow in your car for free.)