Indian Bands, Gens and Clans of Mexico

Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

Ahome. (Buelna says the aboriginal name is Jaomeme, ‘where the man ran’. In Cahita, ho-me means to inhabit, to live, and in Nahuatl ahome might be derived from atl water, ome two, ‘two waters’, referring to the ocean tide which ascends the river to this point; but after all the word may be of Vacoregue origin. ) A subdivision of the Cahita, speaking the Vacoregue dialect, and the name of its pueblo, situated 4 leagues above the mouth of Rio del Fuerte, N. W. Sinaloa, Mexico. The tradition exists among them that they came from the N.; in that country they fixed paradise and the dwelling place of the souls of their dead. They were of agreeable disposition and of larger sixe than the other inhabitants of the river valley. They are said to have uttered cries and lamentations for their dead during one entire year, for an hour at sunrise and another at sunset. Al though speaking the same language as the inhabitants of a number of neighboring pueblos, the Ahome formed a distinct organization. The pueblo of Ahome became the center of the Batucari settlement under the Jesuit missionaries. (F. W. H.)

Baimena A former small tribe and pueblo, evidently Piman, 6 leagues s. E. of San Jose del Toro, Sinaloa, Mexico. According to Zapata the people spoke a dialect related to that of the Zoe, who lived next to them on the N. in 1678. These two tribes traditionally came with the Ahome from the N. They are now extinct.


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