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     Machete Master: Masks by Yoeme Carver Louis Valenzuela [15 Images]

     When Pascua Yaqui (or Yoeme) woodcarver Louis Valenzuela goes to work carving a pascola (pahko’ola) mask, viewers had best stand back lest they get in the way of his artistic weapon of choice: a very large and very sharp machete. “I started out painting tribal (Yoeme or ‘The People’) themes on wood and canvas, subjects such as deer dancers and matachines, learning the color palette and how to mix paints to adorn Yaqui polyform sculptures,” Valenzuela explains.



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