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I am second generation Californian with Apache and Yaqui ancestors. Yes I was born in them there hills of Los Angeles. The Yaqui were hard workers and while working on the railroads in the southwest traveled and sometimes lived on the trains with their families. Refugio Savala the Yaqui Poet lived this lifestyle and called himself a "Hobo" with humor. My Greatgrandfather and many of his family worked on the railroad also which afforded them many opportunities. This Blog is in honor of my Great Grandfather Reyes Torres.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


"Mary is the lady of flowers. Her rites usher in the month of May, which older people still call "mother of months."Flowers are, above all her symbol and they mean youth, newness and freshness, renewal. She is a joy bringing diety and her devotees make all the use they can of the color red." (From "People of Pascua" E. H. Spicer)
Kuka in Yaqui (Yoeme) means flower essence. No one knew why my Grandmothers nick name was Kuka but it was suitable for her for she loved flowers and was often in her Graden. I still have some of the 'off spring' of her CaliLillies that have been in our family for at least 60 years and I am passing them on to people who like them!