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9). To complicate matters, the Yaqui Valley suffered from a severe eightyear drought (1997–2004) that put agriculture on the brink of economic disaster (chap. 11). 3 Wheat varieties grown in the Yaqui Valley, 1981–2008 (Stanford/ CIMMYT surveys). a fairly reliable and stable source of water (about 2 billion m3 of water annually) provided by the valley’s three dams. Beginning in 1994, however, reservoir levels began a mostly downward trend. Between 1995 and 2003, precipitation levels were below average in eight of nine consecutive years, and farmers diverted more irrigation water than they received as reservoir inflow in six of the earlier ten years (Addams 2004).

Most of the 60,000 Yaquis settled into eight pueblos, each centered around the community church where a unique belief system was created, blending Jesuit teachings and ancient beliefs; the beloved deer dancer remains a prominent religious figure within Yaqui culture today. The discovery of silver in the Yaqui Valley in 1684 disrupted the peace once again as Spanish settlers moved in and aggressively took over Yaqui land. In an effort to preserve their lands, the Yaqui Indians allied with the neighboring Mayo tribe in 1740 to force the Spanish out of their territory.

2006). The subsidized pilot projects consisted of groups of ejido plots developed as separate shrimp farms but with shared fundamental infrastructure such as pumps, canals, and electrical facilities. Despite these initial efforts, the industry was slow to grow under the hands of ejidos due to limited access to credit and the lack of the resources and technical expertise to develop shrimp farms (Luers et al. 2006). The industry did not begin to grow rapidly until almost a decade later when a series of policy reforms opened the region to private investors (Luers 2004; chap.

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