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1 The story of Texas begins many thousands of years before the birth of Christ, when ice masses connected the continents of Asia and North America, between points in what we now know as Siberia and Alaska. Between 12,000 and 40,000 years ago, until the Bering Sea reclaimed this bridge of ice for good, Asiatic nomads of the same Homo sapiens group that became today’s Mongoloid race trekked across it in a series of distinct migration as they hunted for edible plants and animals. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 1)

2 When and from where? Most scholars agree that the Western Hemisphere was settled in a series of migrations across the Bering Strait from Asia. There is uncertainty when these migrations took place. Sometime after 14,000 B.C., hunting groups expanded into the hemisphere. However, some evidence suggests that humans may have been present in South America as early as 35,000 B.C. Most likely, groups of humans came to the Americas in different waves of migration. (Burkholder & Johnson, p. 1) Clovis Spearheads

3 Nomadic Beginnings: Ancient nomads dispersed throughout the vast land of North and South America. Different cultural and linguistic patterns appeared as bands struck out on their own in the search for fresh sources of game and vegetation, and as people sought to adjust to diverse habitats. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 1)


5 (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 1)
New World peoples began to develop agriculture around 7000 B.C. Once New World societies learned to till the soil and harvest plants, human beings began to exercise some control over nature and develop strong ties to the land. Maize, beans and squash were planted in the same hill of soil, loosened and weeded by hoes made of shoulder blades of bison and elk.

6 By 1500 over 350 major tribal groups, 15 distinct cultural group centers, and more than 160 linguistic stocks could be found in Latin America. (Burkholder & Johnson, p. 1)

7 Despite the wide variety of different Amerindian peoples, there were, essentially, three forms or levels of Indian culture: Nomadic hunters and gatherers Sedentary or semi-sedentary Complex civilizations

8 The Maya The Aztecs The Incas See pp. 2-3.
Despite the wide variety of different Amerindian peoples, there were, essentially, three forms or levels of Indian culture: Nomadic hunters and gatherers Sedentary or semi-sedentary Complex civilizations The Maya The Aztecs The Incas See pp. 2-3.


10 See page 3. Northeast Woodlands Pueblos “Five Civilized Tribes”


12 The Location of some Texas Indian Peoples Around the Mid-Seventeenth Century

13 Karankawas and Coahuiltecans
The Karankawas and the Coahuiltecans lacked formal political organization; social life revolved around the family, extending into small autonomous bands (related by kin) presided over by a chieftain. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 5)

14 Karankawa territoriality extended along a thin area running down the coast from Matagorda (some archaeologists believe even as far north as the Lower Brazos River region) to Corpus Christi Bay. To guarantee a reliable and abundant food supply, the Karankawas during the fall and winter stayed close to the coast, when they relied most heavily on shellfish, aquatic plants, and water fowl, but also hunted deer and even alligators. For life along the bays and lagoons, the Karankawas built small canoes from tree trunks and fashioned nets, an assortment of traps, lances, and bows and arrows. During the spring and summer, the Karankawas moved inland to the coastal prairies and woodlands. There they relied less on marine life (though numerous rivers and creeks still provided them with fish) and more on land animals—among them deer, rabbits, prairie fowl, and occasionally buffalo—and the annual offerings of nuts, beans, and fruits produced by indigenous trees and shrubs. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 5) Karankawa Territory

15 Beans of the mesquite tree were an important food to native groups in late summer and fall. Photo of display at the Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio. Source:

16 The Coahuiltecans Source of paintings: The Coahuiltecans lived in the Gulf Coast Plain and much of what is today considered south Texas and northeast Mexico. Similar to the Karankawas, the Coahuiltecans migrated according to changes in seasons. Both the Karankawas and Coahuiltecans usually dwelled in dome-shaped wigwams covered by animal skins or improvised windbreaks. When it came time to move, they simply dismantled their shelters, taking them and other useful items with them. During the warmer season, the Coahuiltecans foraged for nature’s yields over a large expanse of South Texas. They took advantage of the spring rains, catching fish trapped in receding pools of water, and hunting deer, lizards, birds, fish, insects and gathering mesquite beans, prickly pears, pecans, and roots. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 5.)

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18 Caddo village scene about 900 years ago (A. D
Caddo village scene about 900 years ago (A.D. 1100) as envisioned by artist George S. Nelson. This scene is based on archeological details from the George C. Davis site in east Texas and on early historic accounts. Courtesy of the artist and the Institute of Texan Cultures, the University of Texas at San Antonio. Source:

19 The Caddo The Caddo constructed dome-shaped homes from grass and cane. As many as four families shared one such domicile, for Caddo home life apparently revolved around multifamily dwelling. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 5.)

20 Artist's depiction of early Caddo village, about 900 years ago
Artist's depiction of early Caddo village, about 900 years ago. Painting by Nola Davis on display at Caddoan Mounds State Historic Park, Alto, Texas. Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

21 WPA workers uncovering outline enormous Late Caddo temple structure covered by an earthen mound at the Hatchel site on Red River near Texarkana, thought to be the location of the Upper Nasoni village visited in 1691 by the Teran Expedition. Source:

22 Workers from the University of Texas-WPA project uncovering structural remains within the Hatchel Mound near Texarkana in This archeological excavation was among the largest ever undertaken at a Caddo site. Photograph from TARL archives

23 Chiefs known as the xinesí presided over Caddo society, both as political and religious leaders. Serving in a hereditary position, the xinesí (whose authority extended over several Caddo communities) mediated between his followers and a supreme deity—the world’s creator who influenced both good and bad things in life—and led religious celebrations, ceremonies, and festivals. In Caddo society, the xinesí was a person demanding of respect from tribal members, who looked upon him as a powerful figure able to determine such phenomenon as a successful sowing; as such, the xinesís’s wishes and directives were to be followed unquestionably. (p. 7) Grand Xinesi (pronounced chenesi, meaning Mr. Moon), head religious leader of the Hasinai alliance. Painting by Reeda Peel, based on descriptions by Spanish explorers in the late 1600s. Courtesy of the artist.

24 The Jumano Indians (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, pp. 7-8)
Inhabiting the Trans-Pecos area in the final years of the fifteenth century were the Jumanos. Quite plausibly the whole of western Texas was the domain of the Jumanos before such fierce tribes as the Apaches and Comanches entered the region sometime in the seventeenth century. At La Junta de los Ríos (the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Concho Rivers), the Jumanos established permanent settlements and cultivated maize, beans and squash. The nomadic Junanos of the West Texas plains were nearly full-time hunters and gatherers. They roamed the vast grasslands in pursuit of a variety of game: from snakes, fish and birds, to deer, antelope, rabbits, and armadillos, and, naturally, to the indispensable buffalo, which furnished them with meat for food and hides for shelter and clothing. Both the sedentary and nomadic Junanos earned reputations as accomplished merchants. The nomadic Junanos, in particular, appear to have made commerce as much a part of their war of life as was hunting, establishing trading villages on the Plains as centers of exchange. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, pp. 7-8)

25 Before they acquired horses, Indians of the Plains sometimes hunted buffalo by driving them over cliffs, as shown in this model of a Blackfoot buffalo jump. Today, buffalo herds provide meat and hides for community events, and the buffalo remains important to the culture of Plains Indians.

26 The Spaniards and the Jumanos
The Spaniards responded to the Jumanos’ invitation with an expedition to Jumano country in 1629 commanded by Fray Juan de Salas, and another on in 1632 led by the Franciscans. Spanish entered Jumano territory to: Proselytize Harvest freshwater pearls (found in mollusks living in the western tributaries of the Colorado River) Obtain buffalo hides, tallow and meat Seek trade relations with the Caddo Indians (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 20) “In 1654…Diego de Guadalajara returned to Jumano country in search of pearl-bearing conchas (shells) in the present-day forks of the Concho River of West Texas.”

27 In 1683, the Jumano Chief Juan Sabeata asked the Spaniards to send priest to his lands in West Texas, and, parenthetically, for assistance in countering threats from Apaches. Responding to Sabeata’s request, Spanish authorities dispatched a missionary expedition led by Juan Domínguez de Mendoza and Fray Nicolás López to the San Sabá River area, where they established themselves at Mission San Clemente. After about six weeks at San Clemente, proselytizing and collecting thousands of buffalo hinds, the Spaniards left the Jumanos promising to return at a later date. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, p. 20)

28 THE FOUNDING OF SAN ANTONIO DE BÉXAR: In 1718 an expedition, led by Martín de Alarcón, marched from Mexico City toward the Río San Antonio in 1718 to found a military post called San Antonio de Béxar and a mission they named San Antonio de Valero. The new presidio and mission would serve the purpose of Christianizing the Coahuiltecan Indians, who had long eked out a marginal existence in their ancestral territories and were presently under attack by marauding bands of Apaches coming down from the plains. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, 4th ed., 24.)

29 Spanish Settlers in Texas
The Spanish established other settlements in Texas Los Adaes Canary Islanders established a civilian settlement, San Fernando de Bexar, near the presidios and missions that constituted San Antonio. 1746 The Spanish established a presidio and missions on the San Gabriel river to assist the Tonkawas defend themselves from the Apaches and Comanches. The enterprise was abandoned in 1755. 1750s Laredo 1757 The Spanish established a mission and presidio along the San Saba river for trade and missionary work among the Apaches. The enterprise was abandoned in 1769. Spanish Settlers in Texas

30 THE THREAT OF INDIANS ATTACKS AND THE DEMIS OF THE MISSION OF SAN SABÁ: Since the establishment of the San Antonio complex, Apache Indians had made periodic attacks on the settlements there, but by the 1740s their own hostilities with the Comanches had made the Apaches receptive to an alliance with the Spaniards. Seeing the opportunity to Christianize the Apaches finally present itself, the Spaniards in 1757 established a mission and fort along the San Sabá River; prospects of finding silver deposits also encouraged the enterprise. It did not last long. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, 4th ed., 25.) In March of 1758 a large force of Nortenos attacked, looted, and burned Mission San Sabá, less than one year after its founding. The mission was never rebuilt, however, the presidio lived on for another 14 years until hope for silver riches waned. The presidio was abandoned in 1772 by order of the Viceroy of New Spain. José de Páez, Destruction of Mission San Sabá in the Province of Texas and the Martyrdom of the Fathers Alonso Giraldo de Terreros, Joseph Santiesteban, c Courtesy of the Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City. Mission San Sabá was the northernmost Spanish mission established in Texas and was destroyed by Indians in a 1760 attack. The painting was commission in the mid- 1760s, within a decade of the event, on commission from mining magnate Pedro Romero de Terreros, cousin of the martyred priest and sponsor of the mission. The artist is believed, on stylistic grounds, to have been Jose de Paez (the mural is not signed). Sources: &

31 THE PLAINS INDIANS: The Apaches, Comanches, Kiowas, and Tonkawas did not live in Texas in pre-Columbian times, but came to play an important part in Texas history during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A Comanche named Bow and Quiver. Painted by George Catlin in 1832.

32 New Power in the Horse The Apaches and Comanches would not enter the region until sometime in the seventeenth century. The Apaches and Comanches, as well as the Kiowas and Tonkawas, found new power in the horse, for they learned to ride horseback with great skill while hunting buffalo, conducting warfare, or relocating to newer locales. These Indian peoples depended on the buffalo for almost all their living essentials, including shelter, clothing, weapons, and tools. They generally lacked any pan-tribal political structure, families forming the basic social foundation. (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, pp. 9-10)

33 Pictograph of a conquistador, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, part of a procession of mounted Spaniards drawn on the canyon wall.


35 Riders on horseback and an antelope are pictured in this rock drawing at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

36 Newcomers: “Strikingly different from the aforementioned Native American tribes were the Apaches, Comanches, Wichitas, and Tonkawas. None of these Indian peoples—all of whom would play important parts in Texas history during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—lived in Texas in pre-Columbian times.” (Calvert, De León, Cantrell, 4th ed., 9.)

37 A Gros Ventre family demonstrating how Plains peoples moved their camp by horse travois. Photographed by Edward Curtis, (Library of Congress [#USZ ])

38 "Buffalo Chase" by George Catlin.

39 A Blackfoot encampment at twilight, photographed by Walter McClintock at the turn of the century.

40 A Pawnee buffalo robe depicting the tribe's victory on horseback over a band of horseless Kansa Indians.

41 A Shoshone elk hide depicting a buffalo hunt on horseback and at the center a dance to bring luck in the hunt.

42 George Armstrong Custer (left center in light clothing) leads a military expedition into the Black Hills of Dakota Territory in 1874.

43 "The Villa Brule." A Brule Lakota camp at Pine Ridge reservation in Dakota Territory, Though the scene is from a later era, after the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, it gives some idea of the culture that came under direct attack by the U. S. Army in the mid-1870's. Photograph by J. C. H. Grabill.

44 A pictograph showing the dead horses left in the aftermath of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, by the Minniconjou Lakota chief, Red Horse, who fought in the battle.

45 Native Americans, 1821-1836 (Calvert, De Leon, Cantrell, pp. 73-74.)
Those tribes that the Spanish had targeted for conversion had by the 1820s either perished due to wars and (European) diseases, been displaced from their native lands and driving into the western regions, or had integrated successfully into Spanish/Mexican communities. Only vestiges of the Coahuiltecans remained by the 1830s  In 1824, setters from Austin’s colony launched hostilities against the Karankawas to drive them from their ancestral hunting lands. During the 1830s, the Karankawas numbered less than 800 persons, but desperately clung to survival by preying on Tejano-owned cattle, or, in the case of those who gradually drifted back to their previous homeland, by “hiring out” to Anglo settlers as casual laborers or domestic servants. The Plains Indians (Comanches, Apaches, and Norteños) remained faithful to their traditional lifestyles, relying on a combination of the hunt and small-scale farming. Women tended gardens, cultivating and harvesting corn, pumpkins, and beans, while the Plains warriors sabotaged settlements in an effort to halt the encroachment on their land and to take livestock, especially horses. The Caddos of East Texas contended with problems that threatened to unravel their civilization. Alcohol, provided to them by American traders, enfeebled many tribes people almost at the same time outsiders began penetrating long-held Caddo territory. Interlopers included other Native American peoples from the U.S. South as well as Anglo empresarios bearing contracts to establish colonies in Caddo land. By the late 1820s, the Caddos numbered no more than 300 families. In , a band of Cherokees, bowing to legal and extralegal pressure by Anglos to abandon their homelands in Georgia and Alabama, arrived in northeastern Texas near Caddo land. They tried to settle near present-day Dallas, but were forced to relocate by the hostile Plains Indians. They eventually settled in and around today’s Van Zandt and Cherokee counties. The Cherokee actively sought to acquire legal title to their new homeland from the Mexican government, but never received anything but vague promises. (Calvert, De Leon, Cantrell, pp )


47 Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages
Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans - thus many later became classified as Black Indians. Therefore Black Oklahoma evolved in many areas as biracial communities within Indian nations. This is a unique history, which developed in many of the western communities where the two groups came together.


49 The state government’s official policy toward Indians in the mid-1850s was to put the Indians on reservations.

50 Table 7.1 Makeup of the Texas Population
Year Total Urban Rural (%) Blacks (%) 1860 604,215 26,615 577,600 (96.4) 182,921 (30.0) 1870 818,579 59,521 764,058 (95.6) 253,475 (31.9) 1880 1,591,749 146,795 1,444,954 (93.7) 393,384 (25.0) 1890 2,235,521 349,511 1,886,016 (90.5) 488,171 (21.8) 1900 3,048,710 520,759 2,527,951 (84.5) 650,722 (20.0) While Texas cities did experience some growth, the state, overall, remained overwhelming rural and agricultural. Calvert, DeLeón, Cantrell, p. 177.

51 Until the 1870s, the dominant powers on the plains of West Texas were the Comanches and Kiowa.
Warrior tradition Military tactics Westering Texans stopped short of Comanche and Kiowa territory. The nomadic lifestyle meant the Indians had no farms, storehouses, or munition stock piles to attack.

52 Kiowa and Cheyenne leaders pose in the White House conservatory with Mary Todd Lincoln (standing far right) on March 27, 1863, during meetings with President Abraham Lincoln, who hoped to prevent their lending aid to Confederate forces. The two Cheyenne chiefs seated at the left front, War Bonnet and Standing In the Water, would be killed the next year in the Sand Creek Massacre.

53 Southern Plains Indian tribes during the Red River War and location of reservations.
Map courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission.

54 The threat of Indian raids was a constant source of anxiety for settlers on the Texas frontier, particularly after U.S. troops left Texas during the Civil War years. Painting by Nola Davis, courtesy of Fort Richardson SHS, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

55 Why were the buffalo exterminated?
Indians slaughtered more buffalo for sustenance and for trade. Domesticated animals exposed buffaloes to fatal diseases. Increased population and livestock reduced timberland and grazing land. Droughts reduced the number of buffaloes. Whites slaughtered the buffalo.

56 Why did whites slaughter the buffalo?
1. "Sportsmen" 2. Suppliers of meat for railroad crews 3. Traders in buffalo hides 4. To destroy the Plains Indians' economy

57 Rath & Wright's buffalo hide yard, showing 40,000 buffalo hides baled for shipment. Dodge City, Kansas, The virtual extermination of the buffalo aided the defeat of the Comanches and Kiowas by destroying their economy and way of life.



60 Kiowa brave. Tow-An-Kee, son of Lone Wolf. Killed in Texas in 1873
Kiowa brave. Tow-An-Kee, son of Lone Wolf. Killed in Texas in Photo, ca , courtesy of the Center for American History, Caldwell Collection (#03962), The University of Texas at Austin. Kiowa camp, ca Photograph courtesy of the Center for American History, Frank Caldwell Collection (#10187), The University of Texas at Austin.

61 A Kiowa ledger drawing possibly depicting the Buffalo Wallow battle in 1874, one of several clashes between Southern Plains Indians and the U.S. Army during the Red River War.

62 After the Civil War, the U. S
After the Civil War, the U. S. Grant administration attempted a peace policy toward the Plains tribes. At the Salt Creek Massacre (1871), Satanta, a Kiowa chief, and between 100 and 150 followers attacked a supply train, killing and mutilating seven of the twelve drivers. In response, the U. S. Army took the offensive against the Plains Indians. Comanche raids decreased. Indian resistance failed: defeat on the battlefield no system of supply depots and armories no support network of factories, farms, or efficient infrastructure weapons ineffective in a conflict against a well-armed and well-financed opponent. disease and alcoholism elimination of the buffalo

63 In 1871, Salt Creek Massacre resulted in a new military offensive in Texas against the Indians by the U.S. army. U.S. Army columns of the Red River War. Courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission.

64 Satanta was a Kiowa chief who fiercely resisted Anglo incursions, and who carried out the Salt Creek Massacre. As a result of the Red River War in the mid-1870s, most of the West Texas Indians were killed or forced onto reservations. These are Kiowas waiting for their monthly food ration from the reservation commissary around It gives a little insight into what life must have been like on the reservation. ( There had never been trouble between the Indians and the Quakers. The first tenet of their religion was, "Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men." They never went armed, but always relied upon their faith and the goodness of God for their protection. Lawrie Tatum of Iowa was the first Quaker agent. He was a man with a big heart, who had great faith and a strong personality. He had the advantages of a good education, and had executive ability. The following letter written by Lawrie Tatum from Fort Sill dated May 30, 1871, tells an interesting story of an epochal event in the history of Southwestern Oklahoma, in which, Santanta was the leading character.1 1Santanta was recognized as a leader of the most belligerent and blood thirsty faction of the Kiowa Indians. He thought himself a patriot and orator. He attended the Medicine Lodge peace council in October 1868—as one of the chiefs representing the Kiowa tribe. Henry M. Stanley who afterwards became famous for his explorations in Darkest Africa attended this council, as the correspondent of several metropolitan papers, reported the speech of Santanta in part as follows: "All of the chiefs of the Kiowa-Comanche and Arapahos are here today. They have come to listen to the good word. We have been waiting here for a long time to see you and we are getting tired. All the land south of the Arkansas River belongs to the Kiowas and Comanches and I don't want to give away any of it. I love the land and the buffalo, and will not part with any. I want you to understand that the Kiowas don't want to fight and have not been fighting since the treaty two years ago. I hear a great deal of fine talk from these gentlemen, but they never do what they say. I don't want any of these medicine houses built in the country; I want the children brought up exactly as I am "When I look upon you, I know that you are big chiefs and while you are in the country we go to sleep happy and are not afraid. I have heard that you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle there. I love to roam over the wide prairie, and when I do it I feel free and happy; but, when we settle down we grow pale and die. "Harken well to what I say. I have laid aside my lance, my bow and my shield, and yet I feel safe in your presence. I have told you the truth. I have no little lies hid about me, but I don't know how it is with the commissioners; are they as clean as I am? A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up the river I see a camp of soldiers, and they are cutting my wood down or killing my buffalo. I don't like that; when I see it my heart feels like bursting with sorrow. I have spoken."

65 Topin Tone-oneo, daughter of Kicking Bird
Topin Tone-oneo, daughter of Kicking Bird. The only one of the great Kiowa chief's children to survive him, she was with the first group sent to Carlisle Indian School in 1879. Source: Indians at Fort Marion. Indians of various tribes who were captured in the Texas Red River Wars and other Indian battles of the late 19th century were imprisoned at this Florida military fort. Photo ca. 1860s-1930s, courtesy the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution (Lot 90-1 INV ). Source:

66 Pupils at Carlisle Indian school, Pennsylvania
Pupils at Carlisle Indian school, Pennsylvania. Established in 1879 by Richard Pratt, the school attempted to assimilate Indian children into the "white man's world" through education and financial support. Among its students were four of Comanche chief Quanah Parker's children and those of others involved in the Texas Indian Wars Source:


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