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Ruth Warner Giddings - The Yaqui coyote woman who rolled on ants



Type of Spiritual Experience


The Yaqui or Yoeme are indigenous people of Mexico whose ancestors originated in the valley of the Río Yaqui in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. Many Yaqui still live in their ancestral homeland. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is based in Tucson, Arizona. Yaqui people live elsewhere in what is now the southwestern United States.  I have classified them as Native American Indians, although one could argue they are South American too.

A description of the experience

Yaqui Myths and Legends – collected by Ruth Warner Giddings

Near Ousekari is an arroyo called Ba’atcbem.  Here once lived a Yaqui called Mangwe Wakira or ‘Manuel the Weak’.  Also in this place there was a little rancheria.  Among those who lived there, was a Yaqui woman who enjoyed practising the art of witchcraft.  She would turn herself into a coyote.  This is how she would do it; she would go out into the monte, take off all her clothes and lie down and roll over in an ant hill.  When she arose, she would be transformed into a coyote.  In this form, she was referred to as Coyote Woman or Yoem Wo’i.  She was greatly feared because of her strange powers.

The source of the experience

Native American Indians

Concepts, symbols and science items


Shape shifting



Science Items

Activities and commonsteps