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“Tucson and Marana Yoeme (Yaqui Indian) Communities”

February 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Typical home in Yoem Village, Marana, Arizona, in 1936. Homes were built with railroad ties, saguaro cactus ribs, metal roofing and mud; R. B. Spicer photo
courtesy of Felipe Molina.

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Tucson and Marana Yoeme (Yaqui Indian) Communities” car-caravan cultural sites tour with Yoeme traditional culture specialist Felipe S. Molina starting in the Santa Cruz River Park ramada at 1317 W. Irvington Road, Tucson (on south side of Irvington just west of the Santa Cruz River). The tour will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $25 ($20 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members).

Felipe S. Molina was taught the indigenous language, culture, and history of the Yoemem (Yaqui Indians) by his maternal grandfather and grandmother, his grandmother’s cousin, and several elders from Tucson’s original Pascua Village. A steady stream of Yoeme migrated into southern Arizona to escape the Mexican government’s war on and deportations of the Yoeme in the 1890s and early 1900s. By 1940 there were about 3,000 Yoeme in Arizona, mostly living in the well-established villages of Libre (Barrio Libre) and Pascua (Barrio Loco) in Tucson, Yoem Pueblo and Wiilo Kampo in Marana, and others near Eloy, Somerton, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. Mr. Molina will lead this tour to places settled historically by Yoeme in the Tucson and Marana areas including Bwe’u Hu’upa (Big Mesquite) Village, the San Martin Church and plaza in the 39th Street Community (Barrio Libre), Pascua, Ili Hu’upa, Wiilo Kampo, and his home community of Yoem Pueblo including its San Juan Church and plaza.
Reservations and prepayment required by 5 p.m. Wednesday February 5: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.
      IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO EMAIL YOU A FLYER with color photos about the above-listed activity send an email to info@oldpueblo.org with “Send Yoeme Communities tour flyer” in your email subject line.


February 8, 2020
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Allen Dart


Santa Cruz River Park ramada
1317 W. Irvington Rd.
Tucson, AZ United States
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