A Yaqui Church
A Yaqui Church
The Yaqui is a tribe which has lived on the border for a long time. They live in Sonora, Mexico, and in the state of Arizona. They have lived there since the 1800s. Before that, they lived in Mexico, in the valley of the Rio Yaqui in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. Their original name is Yoeme. They ate corn, beans, squash, and deer. The Yaqui were never conquered by the Spanish. However they were converted to Christianity by the Jesuits. They celebrate Easter and dance with masks. if you want to know more about the Yaqui, go to the Yaqui now page.


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The Wise Deer
Here is a Yaqui legend. There once lived a very strong and very wise deer. He was so wise that when hunters tried to find him they could not, because he hid from the hunters. What a wise deer! Thus it went on the hunters never could catch him. After many years, the deer attained a great age. He was tired of living, so he presented himself to one of the hunters. But they would pay no attention to his presence, for they said, "He is now very old." Many times the poor, old animal followed the trails which hunters frequented in hopes that he might encounter a trap in which he might put his head or his feet, but he could not find them. In weariness, he spoke to the twilight, saying, "Now I render myself up." And so he died.


The Yaqui Flag
The Yaqui Flag


Yaqui people
Yaqui people