"and Yaquis carrying boys and quivers and arrows"
Yaqui man (c. 1907)
Public DomainYaqui man (c. 1907) - Credit: Edward S. Curtis (Library of Congress)
Yaqui matron (c. 1907)
Public DomainYaqui matron (c. 1907) - Credit: Edward S. Curtis (Library of Congress)
Yaqui girl (c. 1907)
Public DomainYaqui girl (c. 1907) - Credit: Edward S. Curtis (Library of Congress)

The Yaqui, or Yoeme, originally lived in the valley of the Río Yaqui in Sonora, where they numbered about 30,000 at the time of Spanish contact in 1533.

Fiercely independent, they successfully resisted Spanish efforts to subdue them, but their numbers were greatly reduced by subsequent wars with the Mexican government.

As a result of these wars, a number of Yaqui now live in Arizona, though many continue to live in their original homeland.