Native Languages of the Americas: Yaqui Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Yaqui folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American folklore section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Yaqui tribe, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the
Pima and Papago are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Yaqui legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us and let us know.
Mother Earth in Yaqui traditional religion (her name literally means "our mother.")
She was considered to be the mother and guardian of the
Yaqui people. After Catholicism was adopted by the Yaquis, she became merged with Jesus'
mother Mary (a situation that is common in Mexico, where pre-Columbian goddesses often
became absorbed into local versions of Mary.) Today, most Yaquis
consider Mary and Itom Ae to be one and the same.