Combining archaeological, historical, ethnographic, and
environmental data, Land of the Tejas represents a sweeping,
interdisciplinary look at Texas during the late prehistoric and
early historic periods. Through this revolutionary approach, John
Wesley Arnn reconstructs Native identity and social structures
among both mobile foragers and sedentary agriculturalists.
Providing a new methodology for studying such populations, Arnn
describes a complex, vast, exotic region marked by sociocultural
and geographical complexity, tracing numerous distinct peoples over
Drawing heavily on a detailed analysis of Toyah (a Late
Prehistoric II material culture), as well as early European
documentary records, an investigation of the regional environment,
and comparisons of these data with similar regions around the
world, Land of the Tejas examines a full scope of previously
overlooked details. From the enigmatic Jumano Indian leader Juan
Sabata to Spanish friar Casanas's 1691 account of the vast Native
American Tejas alliance, Arnn's study shines new light on Texas's
poorly understood past and debunks long-held misconceptions of
prehistory and history while proposing a provocative new approach
to the process by which we attempt to reconstruct the history of
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