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Native Languages of the Americas:
Yaqui Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Yaqui stories and folktales 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 let us know.
Mother Earth in traditional Yaqui 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 the Virgin Mary and Itom Ae to be one and the same.
Yaqui Indian Folklore
Yaqui Myths and Legends:
Online collection of Yaqui legends and traditional stories.
The Surems and the Talking Tree Yomumuli and the Little Surem People:
Yaqui legend about a Surem woman who foretold the future.
The Yaqui Curandero The Yaqui Doctor:
Yaqui legends about a traditional healer punished for cheating death.
The Enchanted Pascola:
Yaqui legend about a clumsy dancer who received powers from a magic goat.
Ku Wikit The Ku Bird:
Yaqui stories about the origin of the first parrot.
How The Mountains Were Created:
A Yaqui fusion legend about how Itom Ae and Jesus made the mountains.
The Legend of Skeleton Mountain The Big Bird:
Yaqui legends about a monster bird that carried off people.
The Snake People:
Yaqui story about a man punished for injuring a snake.
The Singing Tree:
Yaqui myth about a prophecy received from a sacred tree.
Recommended Books on Yaqui Mythology
Yaqui Myths and Legends:
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Collection of Yaqui legends and traditional stories.
Deer Dance: Yaqui Legends of Life:
Another good collection of Yaqui myths and folklore.
Great collection of traditional tales about little people from the Yaqui and other tribes.
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Yaqui and Mayo Easter ceremonies
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