4 Dibe' Nitsaa Spin Off Groups
Spin Offs support innovation to help Diné sheep and wool producers to :
develop prototypes of marketable products that can become the foundation for value-added local businesses; participate in peer-to-peer mentoring and knowledge sharing with family and community members; learn marketing skills to more efectively present and sell sheep and wool products; utilize the DBI's resources for technical needs, manufacturing time, resource requirements, and production costs
Wool Processing Facility
Teec Nos Pos has proposed a locally-managed wool processing set-up to meet the needs of Navajo producers with hand-operated cost-effective and resource-efficient methods that streamline traditional home processing. Roof collection of water and solar hot water heating; hand-turned drums for opening and cleaning; lanolin sludge recovery and water recycling; a pulley system for lifting wet, heavy wool from wash tubs into the dye bath; solar drying racks; and hand-operated carders producing batts and roving. Hand-spinners can use either the traditional lap spindle or a spinning wheel to produce the yarn for weavers. The facility will be powered with a solar/wind electrical generating system.