Traditions Tuesdays: Pascua Yaqui Paper Flower Making
October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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.
Facilitator: PASCUALA VALENZUELA, Ms. Pascua Yaqui & LAYLALANAI GOCOBACHI, Junior Miss Pascua Yaqui
Artists: IRENE SANCHEZ & PAULA YUCUPICIO
Pascuala Valenzuela is the daughter of Simon Valenzeula and Olvera Monte-Valenzuela and comes from the Barrio Libre 39th community. She is currently a freshman at Tohono O’odham Community College studying social work. Her interest include embroidery and crochet.
Laylalanai Gocobachi, Junior Miss Pascua Yaqui, is the daughter of Jesus Gocobachi and Almarosa Valencia and comes from the Barrio Libre 39th and New Pascua communities. Miss Gocobachi is currently a sophomore at Tucson High School. Her interests include volleyball and digital arts.
Irene Sanchez, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, is the daughter of Merejildo Valenzuela Hernandez (Jusacamea) Rivera and Nasaria Guillen Rubio Espinoza Rivera. . She was raised in Barrio Libre neighborhood, the fourth child of eleven children and now the elder of her father’s generation. She has worked for the Tribe for 37 years and is currently a patient advocate in the Managed Care Health Program. Irene has been a mentor with Strength Building Partners, a Saguaro Girl Scout Council Group Leader for fourteen years, and a member of Voices for Education. A member of the Yaqui Arts Association, she volunteers with the Yoemem Tekia Museum, and other organizations in the Tucson Area. Irene teaches paper flower making and donates flowers to Yaqui ceremonies, fiestas and other occasions, as flowers represent blessings and are dedicated to the Virgin De Guadalupe.