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 ceremonial context. For the Yaqui/Yoeme, the deer is a symbol of goodness–he comes to the people and offers himself to them for their well-being. Pascola dancers dance with gratitude in the deer’s honor.


Photo by Steven Meckler


Cultural Communities / Countries of Origins
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Type of Performance
Music & Dance

Festival Appearance
  • Church, Sunday Oct 15, 4:00 to 6:00 PM ()

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