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Meet Our Team

We are all part of the community of Good Shepherd Mission, and the Episcopal Church in Navajoland  and a 501 (c)(3) non-profit entity. We began 130 years ago as a medical mission to the Navajo.

Shima's team includes: 

Paula Elmore, Assistant General Manager




 Brock Elmore - Inventory and Production

 Brock Elmore: Inventory and Production 

Annette Sam and Judy Begay - soap wrappers!

Annette Sam and Judy Begay - soap wrappers!

 Today, we still work for the transformation and empowerment of our lives and our families, in part through business endeavors such as our soap-making. SHIMA' of Navajoland incorporates the local life medicines in our soap.


This is Ed Scott who many of you know as a national award-winning Grass Dancer. He also leads our groups on hikes and explains Navajo astronomy and herbal plants. Here, on an early morning in July, he has just gathered the fresh Navajo Tea. It is very green, which shows it was picked in the middle of the pasture, rather at road side. We will use this for our Navajo Tea and Honey soap. 
 Paula Elmore wears  many hats in the soapmaking endeavor. Here, she is picking pinion nuts and sap from the pinion trees that grow in the hills above Fort Defiance. The sap runs in the summer, and nuts come in September and October. She gathers the nuts in a tin can the way she was taught by her mother and grandmothers. 
 Our premium bars are made the long, slow way (which takes a month for curing) called Cold Process. We begin with olive, coconut and eco-palm oil. These  beautiful oils are delivered by overnight train from the West Coast to Gallup, New Mexico. Then we have to get them home to Fort Defiance. Our home-grown system is working well with the new addition of a rafter pulley inside the Power House.