Texas Indians Culture Analysis

1003 Words5 Pages
Texas Indians were very unique in their culture and way of life. The Texas Indians had a unique social order; physical appearance, acquired subsistence in many different ways, and had many unique cultural practice. As a result, many historians study the native Indians in Texas with awe and amazement. With a deep and interesting analysis of the Texas Indians, historians can understand the people; and their way of life. Based on the text, “La Relacion” which was written by Alvar Nunez de Vaca, an analysis of said subject can be conducted.
Texas Indians had a unique social order. Men were often the warriors and hunters of the village; while women toiled with hard labor such as farming. As de Vaca famously wrote, “children were the most important member of their society”. Children took precedence in their community and way of life. Texas Indians believed that children were the future; and
…show more content…
Their shelter was made of measly matting held together by sea shells. Resources were limited; as an example, de Vaca noted that “firewood was scarce and mosquitoes were abundant”. This led to diseases being easily spread. The native people of the village relied heavily on roots heavily from October to February; as well as fishing during November and December for a steady food source. By the end of February, the natives would often move away from the island. While Texas Indians relied heavily on hunting and gathering, many only had bows and arrows for weapons. This led to a change in their physical appearance.
The Texas Indians’ appearance changed to suit the hunting as well as culture. Men would have their nipples perforated to hold a reed of an arrow. This would steady the reed; and make their shot more accurate. Their nose was perforated as well; which held a piece of cane. This was for a type of primitive jewelry which helped personify their culture. As de Gama saw this, he was both awed and arrogant to the native

More about Texas Indians Culture Analysis

Open Document