In Hiaki lore, Yoeta is a spirit that lives in the wilderness and collects livestock like horses and cows that have escaped from their pastures or corrals. He rides a horse of his own and always makes sure his spurs are loud so that he can better herd the animals. Yoeta dresses in all black and his horse has a beautiful bridle, though he does not let himself be seen by just anyone. Only a chosen few can see him, but he won’t show himself unless you are completely alone. You can never quite see his face, just his and his horse’s glowing eyes. Because of his looks and his tendency to only appear far into the wilderness very late at night, Yoeta is a frightening spirit.

If you happen to be out in the wilderness at around 2:00 or 3:00am and have a camp set up for the night and Yoeta makes himself known to you, you must never invite him off of his horse to join you by your campfire. If he accepts your offer, it is said that you will never return home. There are stories among the Hiaki of close encounters with Yoeta where someone invites him to sit at the fire, but he just turns around and leaves instead. Not everyone is that lucky.

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  1. Hola, Max,
    Le dije a tu mama que mi abuel es india Yaqui del Valle del Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico.
    Mi mama me llamaba “Tutuli ” en la lengua Yaqui means Bonita>
    I am glad that your doing well.
    Love , Mrs. Huerta

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