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Language Development Department
Yaqui Icons and Imagery
Yoeme Pahko'ola Mask
Felipe S. Molina
The traditional symbols painted on a pahko'ola mask represents ancient traditional knowledge that goes back to about ten thousands years. In the ancient past, the Yoeme were already farming and knew how to follow the movements of the sun, the stars, and the moon to do their planting and harvesting.

The symbols:
 
Itom Achai Taa'a Itom Achai Taa'a (Our Father the Sun)
This symbol is painted on the forehead and the chin. The sun makes life possible.
 
Taa Himsim Taa Himsim (Sun's Moustache)
This symbol represents the sun flares or sun rays. Life force form the sun.
 
Oppuam Oppuam (Tears)
This symbol represents tears and also rain. From the rain we get the water for our crops.
 
Gecko Animal symbols, such as the snake and lizard represent nature.

 

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