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“Tucson and Marana Yoeme (Yaqui Indian) Communities” Tour

February 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pascua Yoeme community circa 1938, photograph courtesy of the Southwest Center, The University of Arizona

TOUR FILLED – WAITING LIST. On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center will host the “Tucson and Marana Yoeme (Yaqui Indian) Communities” car-caravan cultural sites tour with Yoeme traditional culture specialist Felipe S. Molina. This tour will meet at the Santa Cruz River Park ramada at 1317 W. Irvington Road, Tucson (on south side of Irvington just west of the Santa Cruz River) at 8:00 a.m. Tour will end at 1:00 p.m. The tour fee is $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 Wednesday January 30: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.
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February 2, 2019
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Santa Cruz River Park ramada
1317 W. Irvington Rd.
Tucson, AZ United States
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