September 19th the celebration kicked off with prayers and traditional dancers at the Cristo Rey Church, on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation. The sights and sounds of the Maaso, Pascola, Matachini and Coyote danced into the day. A more traditional wayof celebrating and recognizing the achievements of our tribe and the path in which our elders have took in order to have what we have now. On the otherside of the reservation at the Itom Matawa’apo (Community Education Cultural Center) young Yaqui women shared their knowledge of Yaqui customs with the community, as they competed for the title of Miss Pascua Yaqui 2013. The young women were embellished in traditional attire as they prepared time honored Yaqui cuisine. As the judges inspected the preparation of each entree, the girls pushed through the heat and their nerves to complete the tasks at hand. As the competition continued the young women went inside to speak to a panel of judges and community members in full Yaqui terminology. Next, the young women preformed a talent show. They also displayed their talents in Yaqui customs, embroidery, flower making and so on.
Then the time of truth came, the votes were counted and the title was up for grabs. The announcement was made and the crown was passed on to the new Miss Pascua Yaqui Carina N. Dominguez To end the night, the Department of Language and Culture hosted a presentation on the path to federal recognition. Tribal members got a glimpse into all the hard work and, time dedicated to the construction and development of our tribal government Elders and various individuals shared insight on their personal views of the events. As the night concluded members were catered to a traditional Yaqui meal.