Yaqui of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 22,500

ROP3 Code: 110984
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Aztec
Language: Yaqui - (yaq)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Mexico

Majority Located Where

  Tucson, AZ - 4,000

  Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ - 2,625

  Lubbock, TX - 600

  Fresno, CA - 25

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Brief Profile

The Yaqui are a Native American people who have dwelt in the area of the present-day southwestern United States since before the arrival of Europeans. The United States government formally recognized the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in 1978 based on land granted in Arizona, although they have since spread to other areas as well. Many are trilingual in Yaqui, English and Spanish.

In Yaqui worldview, the world is composed of five separate worlds: the desert wilderness world, the mystical world, the flower world, the dream world, and the night world. Much Yaqui ritual is centered upon perfecting these worlds and eliminating the damage that has been done to them, especially by people. Many Yaqui have combined such ideas with Catholicism, and believe that the existence of the world depends on their annual performance of the Lenten and Easter rituals. As such, Yaqui religion is a syncretic mix of old Yaqui beliefs and practices and Catholic teachings, and relies upon song, music, prayer, and dancing performed by designated members of the community.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Yaqui to see their need for a Savior.
  • Pray for God to open the eyes of Yaqui to the fact that He wants them to have a vital, living relationship with them.
  • Pray for God to raise up workers to reach Yaqui with the gospel.
  • Pray for the barriers of traditional religion and religious syncretism to be broken down so that the Yaqui can understand and fully accept the truth of the gospel.


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Scripture Earth Resources in Yaqui
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ4,000
United StatesGuadalupePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ2,600
United StatesLubbockLubbockTX600
United StatesSouth ScottsdalePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ25
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA25