The name Onavas comes from the Cahita language and means salty water.
It was founded in 1622 by two Jesuit missionaries: Diego Vandersipe and Blas Paredes.
Agriculture covered 2,227 hectares (2000), most of which were not irrigated. Main crops are alfalfa, beans, corn and the production of fodder for the cattle industry. Sonora Turismo
Cattle raising was carried out by sixty percent of the work force (2000) and there were 6,614 head of cattle. Sonora Turismo