Yaqui (Yoem Noki)
Yaqui or Yoeme is an Uto-Aztecan language with about 16,000
speakers in Sonora and Sinaloa in Mexico, and in Tucson and
Guadalupe in Arizona in the USA. The majority of Yaqui speakers,
or Pascua-Yaqui, live in Mexico.
These are the letters used to write Yaqui in Arizona.
D, F and G are used only in loanwords from Spanish and English.
In Mexico some of the letters used to write Yaqui are different,
for example /h/ is written with J.
Some Yaqui phrases used for Greetings
- Lios em chania (sg) / Lios em chaniavu (pl) – Greetings! (lit. “God preserves you!”)
- Lios em chiokoe – reply to above, (lit. “God pardons you!”)
- Empo allea – May you rejoice!
- Kettu’i – How kind!
Pascua Yaqui Tribe