Definition of Yaqui in US English:


nounPlural Yaquis

  • 1A member of a North American people of northwestern Mexico and Arizona.

    • ‘Like the Yaqui and half-a-dozen other indigenous groups they need unhindered access to their elders and relatives on both sides of the border to maintain their ceremonies and language.’
    • ‘A woman born on the borders of an uneasy alliance of ages past between Tarahumara, Yaqui, and Pima, she was tall, almost willowy in the blossom of her youth.’
    • ‘Etehoi is how Yaquis record events, according to Jose.’
    • ‘I had to get the Yaquis to talk about themselves.’
    • ‘In as far as his tribal allegiances, I think he, don Juan, is very much, I think his emotional ties are with the Yaquis of Sonora since his father was a Yaqui from one of the towns in Sonora, one of the Yaqui towns.’
    • ‘Raised by my grandmother, I received the benefit of learning her spiritual path, which she had learned from her own Bruja mother, and this spirituality traced back through the Yaquis to the Aztecs and Olmecs of northern and central Mexico.’
    • ‘The Yaquis are like the New Zealand Maoris, they never surrendered; like the Florida Seminoles, they too have never surrendered.’
    • ‘Seri fished and hunted sea turtles on the Gulf of California, and the Yaqui farmed the river deltas in Sonora.’
    • ‘As Manuel, the Yaqui Indian, instructs his grandson, Beto: ‘A gringo will go to the edge of his city and look out into the desert, while a Yaqui will go to the edge of the desert and look out into the city’.’
    • ‘This is something that took me three Easter ceremonies to learn about, to get the Yaquis to talk to me.’
    • ‘The Yaquis traditionally lived in the bay and valley of the southern part of Sonora, from the southern bank of the Yaqui river to the Tetakawi hill.’
    • ‘The Yaquis were also members of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce and the Calumet Region League.’
  • 2The Uto-Aztecan language of the Yaqui.

    • ‘This comprehensive reference on the Sonoran Yaqui language is a descriptive grammar that covers topics on phonology, word classes, verb structure, etc.’
    • ‘The language of the Yaqui tribe also is fading despite the efforts of local educators.’
    • ‘It is important to bear in mind that Yaqui, although it has been written for almost 500 years, is a language of an oral culture.’


  • Relating to the Yaqui or their language.

    • ‘Dr. de los Santos was a magnificent gentleman, even though, early on, he had warned Col. Morton that he was a member of the fierce Yaqui Indian tribe and that the colonel had better watch his scalp.’
    • ‘And, how many Yaqui Indians would be allowed by the state to use hallucinogenic cactus or mushrooms for spiritual purposes?’
    • ‘Other than riding horses and shooting guns, I really didn't know anything about that, and then my research opened up to the Yaqui plight.’
    • ‘In as far as his tribal allegiances, I think he, don Juan, is very much, I think his emotional ties are with the Yaquis of Sonora since his father was a Yaqui from one of the towns in Sonora, one of the Yaqui towns.’
    • ‘The books relate a hallucinogeninduced search for a non-rational reality and an attempt to become a Yaqui warrior.’
    • ‘Charco, who is a fictional character, will be one of the generals who goes down and the Yaqui battalion wanted no Mexican to ride with them, as they ride back to Yucatan.’
    • ‘The title seems to allude to the dictum of the Yaqui sorcerer, Juan Matus, in the writings of Carlos Castaneda, who insists that his student erase personal history to experience total freedom.’
    • ‘By 1896, they were tracking Yaqui Indian raiders and protecting frontier settlements.’
    • ‘The Yaqui policy lays out further requirements for copyright of publications growing out of such research.’
    • ‘Beto's Catholic, Spanish grandmother married a Yaqui Indian but refused the Yaqui ceremony, scorning the ‘sweating brown pagans wearing dear Antlers and ribbons’.’
    • ‘My grandma told me she was a Yaqui Indian, her Grandma was a full-blood.’
    • ‘On the basis of her research on the missions of northern Mexico, she creates a typology of mission revolts among the Yaqui Indians.’
    • ‘And Lecha, an old Yaqui woman, is editing and transcribing a found ancient manuscript, ‘Yoeme's old notebooks,’ the almanac for which the novel is named.’
    • ‘A village priest is too cowardly to protect the women and children from the Yaqui raids.’
    • ‘Is that to recreate the harshness of the Yaqui experience?’
    • ‘This saga spans centuries and includes Guaymenas and Yaqui Indians, a mission founded in 1701 by the legendary Jesuit Eusebio Kino, and pirates who attacked San Carlos in 1854.’
    • ‘Carlos Castaneda was a best-selling author of a number of books centering on a Mexican Yaqui shaman's pharmacologically induced visions.’
    • ‘Of arson fires like one that engulfed a San Diego - area housing project earlier this month, he speaks of the ELF's favorite tactics with near-religious fervor that echoes his Yaqui Indian roots.’
    • ‘It's a play that uses the mythic, presentational elements we've come to associate with Valdez's work, here present in a Yaqui deer dancer, who together with the long arm of history defines identity for the play.’
    • ‘At a stoplight, I glance out the window and see a young mother, probably a Yaqui Indian from further south in Mexico, huddled in a worn blanket looking much older than her years.’


Spanish, from earlier Hiaquis, from Yaqui Hiaki.