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The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times

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A classic work on the indigenous peoples of Texas.
Paperback, 440 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by University of Texas Press
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Geoff Sebesta
Sep 01, 2015 Geoff Sebesta rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of gathering general histories of the various tribes of Texas and presenting it in a reasonably interesting way. For a book from the 1970s it's charmingly unracist. His preoccupations are odd but intriguing -- a lot of time is spent describing what various tribes called the father's brother as opposed to the mother's sister.

Other than the sources he used for his information, there are practically no specific events or specific people described in this whole book. That'
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Brendan Steinhauser
Sep 12, 2016 Brendan Steinhauser rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job describing the various types of Indians that lived in Texas from ancient to modern times. If you are looking to better understand the Apaches, Comanches, Tonkawas, Karankawas, and other Texas Indians, this is the book to read. The author details their cultures, including everything from their food sources and attire, to their religious beliefs and their languages. He also describes their interactions - both peaceful and martial - with Spanish, Mexican, French and Ameri ...more
Matthew
May 04, 2009 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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After a lot of time down in the brush country I wanted to learn more about the Coahuiltecans - the uncivilized people who lived in that thorny, dry land for thousands of years.

And for a novice like myself this book was perfect. It's all very general, but hopefully it will lead me to more thorough and specific books on different 'Texas' indians.
AustinT
Jun 30, 2016 AustinT rated it it was ok
Really laborious read. This is a textbook published in 1961. I learned a few interesting facts but overall it was very dry, repetitious stuff. It suggests that beside from the Comanche and the Caddos and Wichitas (which primarily ranged in Oklahoma and Louisiana) the Indians of Texas were a pretty sorry lot.
Clint Flatt
Aug 05, 2009 Clint Flatt rated it really liked it
The definative book on Native Americans in Texas. Concetrates mostly on the pre-historic bands but also shows there importance to the other nations because of their arrow points and shells from the coast.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 23, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Newcomb has written an interesting history of Native Americans from ancient to more modern times. I have recommended this book to students interested in the Native Americans.
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