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Yaqui Resistance and Survival
The Struggle for Land and Autonomy, 1821–1910
Revised Edition
Evelyn Hu-DeHart


A landmark history of the Yaqui people of northern Mexico

Evelyn Hu-DeHart brings into focus the Yaqui in the nineteenth century, as the newly independent Mexico lurched through immense economic and governmental transformations, wars, insurgencies, and changing political alliances. This history includes Yaqui efforts to establish a native republic independent of Mexico, their resistance against government efforts to reduce their communal land to individual holdings, the value of their labor to mining and agricultural companies in northwest Mexico, their several revolts and guerrilla actions, the massive deportation of Yaquis from Sonora to Yucatán, the flight of some Yaquis across the U.S. border to Arizona, and their role in the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

In this revised edition of her groundbreaking work, Hu-DeHart reviews and reflects on the growth in scholarship about the Yaqui, including advances in theoretical frameworks and methodologies on borderlands, transnationalism, diaspora, and collective memory that are especially relevant to their history.


Evelyn Hu-DeHart Evelyn Hu-DeHart is a professor of history, American studies, and ethnic studies, and a past director of the Center for the Study of Race in America, at Brown University. She is the author of Missionaries, Miners, and Indians: History of Spanish Contact with the Yaqui Indians of Northwestern New Spain, 1533–1830.




“Still stands as the most comprehensive and rigorously researched history of the Yaqui in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hu-DeHart reminds us that in spite of the destruction wrought by the Spanish empire, the Mexican Revolution, and modernization on both sides of the border, the Yaquis resisted and survived.”
—Elliott Young, Lewis & Clark College

“Some works of history are timeless. Yaqui Resistance and Survival is such a book, reminding us never to forget just how brutal and vicious the history of colonialism has been. Here is the history of the Yaqui Indians, who resided in what became the northern Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora. From the eighteenth century to the twentieth, they faced missionaries seeking souls, miners demanding disposable labor, and entrepreneurs who wanted them wiped off the face of the earth. The Yaqui fought back to keep their lands, their culture, and ways of life.”
—Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University of Chicago

“The Yaqui Indians’< centuries-long struggle for sovereignty and survival is one of the great stories of Mexican and borderlands history. In this classic text, Evelyn Hu-DeHart illuminates the Yaquis’ history with the insight and intelligence that has distinguished all her work.”
—Karl Jacoby, Columbia University

“An important contribution to the general history of Mexico.”

“A brilliant history of the struggle of a brave and indomitable people to preserve their own cultural and political independence, their own way of life.”
Latin America in Books

“An exemplary narrative, political history of Yaqui-Mexican relations. It is a milestone in Mexican historiography, for we cannot fully understand the unique nature of the North and its place in Mexican history without a full explanation of relations with the major indigenous peoples of the region.”
The Americas

“Skillfully weaves the threads of rebellion, pacification, and accommodation into the political and economic ambiance of the times.”
New Mexico Historical Review


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Yaqui Resistance and Survival
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November 2016
320 pp. 6 x 9
4 maps

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