Ranks among the finest works of its kind.
—American Indian Quarterly
In both form and content, Yaqui Deer Songs
is one of the most beautiful anthropological books of recent years. It stands as part of the great tradition of collaborative work flowing from Boas and Teit, in which oral literature is presented, preserved, and sensitively translated.
—Journal of Anthropological Research
A model for others interested in studying across languages and culture. . . . [Readers] will find this book of stories, songs, and photographs a credible account of Yaqui history and ritual.
The interweaving of ethnological material, personal anecdote and visual imagery gives a reader the sense of witnessing, even participating in, both a ceremony and the life it sanctifies.
—San Francisco Chronicle
An important and beautifully produced book, a labor of love as well as of scholarship.
A book for scholars, aficionados of Yaqui culture, and people who just want a good read.
—Journal of the Southwest
As a study of a Native American poetic genre, it is outstanding. The collaboration of Evers, a non-Yaqui specialist in American Indian traditional literature, with Molina, a young Yaqui who speaks his people's language and performs as a deer singer in his own right, makes this a very model of what such studies can and should be.
—William Bright in SAIL
This work provides an outstanding break-through . . . a real tour-de-force, extremely well done.
Evers and Molina illuminate the subtle mystery of the Deer Songs
and provide translations that set a standard for this genre. . . . Clearly this volume makes a permanent contribution to American Indian Literature.