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
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.
WHITE CLAY, SUMAC BERRIES, PINION SAP, CLIFF ROSE, RABBITBrush,NAVAJO TEA
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.
OUR SALES REPRESENTATIVES: