About the Native American Yacqui Tribe

The Yacqui tribe descended from the Uto-Azteca people of Mexico, who first settled near Nogales and south Tucson in the US. The tribe began to expand and built settlements north of Tucson and they named it as Pascua village.

By the year 552 AD, they lived along Yaqui River, where they gathered wild desert food, cultivated corn, squash, beans and hunted game. The tribe roamed extensively and sometimes settled among other native groups.

Fun Facts:

  • The Yacqui tribe, gained recognition by the US government on Sept. 18, 1978.
  • The tribe traded with other tribes such as Comanche, the Pueblos, Pimas, Aztecs, Toltec, and Shoshone.
  • The tribe is now based in Christian teachings
  • The word Yacqui (Hiakim) or Yo’emem means the “people”


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