Yaqui Indians (LOC)

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Yaqui Indians

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows Yaqui (Yoeme) Indians. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09290

Call Number: LC-B2- 2208-7

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  1. whiteclay 75 months ago | reply

    Yaqui traditionally don't live in tipis. This shot had to have been set up. Plus the painting on the tipi is very unusual.

  2. dhawktx1 75 months ago | reply

    If you view the larges size, you can see a traditional sun shade and wikiup behind the tent on one side, and another sun shade to the right.

  3. tipi dweller 74 months ago | reply

    I'm with whiteclay, this is not their actual dwelling. The info on the Yaqui says they farmed and lived in pueblas. That was not a nomadic, Plains lifestyle. Besides, where would the buffalo hides have come from to make the tipis? It's a complete disconnect.

  4. Cassies grandma 74 months ago | reply

    But it is so typical of the time this was taken that "everyone" thought American Indians of any sort lived in tipis. Just as all females no matter the age were called girls.

  5. UIRIATI carlos mota 72 months ago | reply

    Are these Yaqui from Mexico?

  6. Cassies grandma 72 months ago | reply

    From Wikipedia

    The "Yoeme" or Yaqui are a border Native American people who originally lived in the valley of the Río Yaqui in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and throughout the Sonoran Desert region into the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona.

  7. tetabiakti 71 months ago | reply

    True, this tipi is a joke. No ethnic group from northwestern Mexico has lived in tipis, ever! A typical, rectangular Yaqui dwelling consisted of wattle-and-daub walls, reinforced by reed canes.

    They were basically a farming people, but many Yaquis supplemented their income from time to time by working as farm hands, fishermen, cowboys, miners or domestic servants in Mexican homes. Thousands of them were persecuted, killed, or deported as slaves to Yucatán and Oaxaca by Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz. Official documents speak of 'cleansing' Sonora by getting rid of all the Yaquis. This genocidal campaign resulted in the 'disappearance' of more than half the Yaqui people. - many of them did not survive the inhumane working conditions on Yucatán's henequén plantations. Yet they never gave up their culture and their beliefs... or their land.

    Misrepresentation of Native American cultures and people by the media has a long, long history...

    The people standing in front of it look like real Yaquis though, judging by their clothes and looks; they were made to pose in front of the tipi for whatever reason. All the men are wearing dark Yaqui sashes and one of them sports traditional Yaqui sandals, known in Sonora as 'huaraches a tres puntos'. The women wear rebozos (shawls), popular among Yaquis at the time. This is how most rural women from Sonora were dressed at the turn of the 19th century.

    They seem to be taking part in some larger event, similar to the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis where Geronimo was put on display wearing a stovepipe hat. Many of these exhibitions were virtual human zoos, where visitors could meet 'real-life natives' from different continents - the more exotic, the better, even if this meant using all kinds of incongruous backdrops!

    Here is some info on Yaqui history:


  8. Jorge Cortes Mx 68 months ago | reply

    Los indios yaquis formaron el ejército de Obregón durante la Revolución Mexicana.

  9. tsmith53us 66 months ago | reply

    The Yaqui did however partner up with Apache that lived in the area. The Lipan used both Tipis and Wikiups

  10. 3-Bear's 42 months ago | reply

    Yoeme, is the correct name, it's means 'the People' euro people change it to yaqui

  11. The Library of Congress 42 months ago | reply

    3-Bear's: Thank you for the information on the name Yoeme. We will add it to the record when we update the database.

  12. astralprof5z 27 months ago | reply

    wish indians spiritual people had won instead of greedy capitalist yanks we would be in better world now.hope they have found peace and freedomxxx carlfrom rochdale a carlos casteneda fan bless themxx

  13. hkunlimited 14 months ago | reply

    big fan of human sacrifice, are you, Astral Prof?

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