Rudolph Vega “WindRaven” – Blessings and Amulets

Wind Raven is a Native American healer or Shaman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. He offers special blessings and spiritual cleansings and creates spiritual items such Dream Catchers, Spirit Bears, Ojo Venado (aka Deer Eyes), Medicine Bags and House Blessing Mixtures, all of which provide unique powers, energies and protective qualities.

Jose Gallardo – Yaqui Handicrafts

Jose B. Gallardo was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. “I’ve been a cultural participant for the last 32 years. I am proud to keep our culture and customs going in teaching people and our youth about our beliefs traditions.”

Yaqui Ceremonial: Deer Dancers

The deer dance of the Yaqui and Mayo people of Sonora, Mexico, is not a performance but a ceremonial and sacred blessing. Thanks to many decades of respect between TMY organizers and the Yaqui/Yoeme people, this blessing has been shared at the festival, one of the only places it can be seen outside of its … Read more

Traditions Thursdays: A Yaqui Blessing: Xavier Flores in Conversation

In this conversation learn about a ceremony with longstanding significance to Tucson Meet Yourself: a Yaqui ceremonial blessing. Since 1974, this blessing has been offered by members of the Pascua Yaqui at the close of TMY; the relationship of trust between the Yaqui and Yoeme people and festival organizers is such that TMY is one … Read more

Traditions Tuesdays: Pascua Yaqui Paper Flower Making

Flowers have a special connection to the Pascua Yaqui and are used in celebrations and memorials. Learn from traditional artists how to make paper flowers and the meaning of these sacred object for to Yaqui/Yoeme people. Panel co-curated by Daniel Vega, Director Department of Language & Culture. We thank the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Department of Language … Read more

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