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HIS 124 - History and Culture of the Yaqui People

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Survey of the cultural heritage of the Yaqui people and the history of their struggles to protect Yaqui land and customs. Includes Yaqui origins, pre-Columbian Yaqui society, oral traditions and world view, early Spanish contacts, Catholic influences, economic development, rebellions, resistance and leadership, and policies regarding Native Americans. Also includes the deportation and enslavement of the Yaqui from the 17th to the 20th centuries by the Spanish and American governments and the deportation of the Yaqui by the United States in the 1880’s. Also examines acts of genocide and subjugation against the Yaqui in revolutionary Mexico, 20th century relocation and adaptation strategies of the Yaqui in the United States and the Yaqui culture of the 21st century.

Information: Same as AIS 124 .
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - HUM or SBS and C, G; Meets CTE - A&H or SBS and C, G.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify Yaqui Indian origin.
  2. Develop and express the fundamental importance of oral, written, and customary traditions of the Yaqui people.
  3. Acquire general facts regarding Yaqui Indian culture and history in order to be able to identify and discuss major Yaqui social, political, and cultural events.
  4. Examine and describe the role Yaquis have had in the economic, social, and political development of Mexico and the United States.
  5. Examine and discuss the development of Yaqui religious synergism and world view in order to explain Yaqui identity and future orientations.
  6. Conduct research in American Indian Studies and careers in Yaqui and other Indian communities.

  1. Yaqui Origins
  2. Pre-Columbian Yaqui Society
  3. Yaqui Oral Traditions and World View
  4. Early Spanish Contacts
  5. Catholic Influences
    1. Jesuit
    2. Franciscan
  6. Economic Development
  7. Yaqui Rebellions, Resistance, and Leadership
  8. Policies Regarding Native Americans
    1. Spanish
    2. Mexican
  9. Mexican President Porfirio Diaz and Deportation (1876-1911)
  10. Genocide (1880-1927)
  11. Yaquis in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920)
  12. Yaqui Relocation and Adaptation Strategies



  1. Twenty-First Century Yaquis
    1. Religion
    2. Structure
    3. Politics
      1. Yaqui River
      2. Sonora
      3. Arizona
      4. Beyond
  1. Research Studies
    1. Yaqui
    2. Other Indian communities

Effective Term:
Fall 2014