Land of the Tejas

9780292747692: Paperback
Release Date: 1st December 2012

32 line drawings

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 316

Series Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series

University of Texas Press

Land of the Tejas

Native American Identity and Interaction in Texas, A.D. 1300 to 1700

Paperback / £24.99

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 multiple centuries.

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 humanity.

  • Foreword by Tom D. Dillehay
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Conceptualizing Hunter-Gatherers and Distinguishing Identity in the Archaeological Record
  • Chapter 2. Framing a Model of Prehistoric Identity: Ethnographic Analogy and Archaeological Expectations
  • Chapter 3. Introducing the Toyah Phenomenon
  • Chapter 4. Assessing Toyah Models and Archaeological Perceptions of the Toyah Region
  • Chapter 5. Historical Context: Conceptualizing Historical Frames of Reference
  • Chapter 6. Archaeological Context
  • Chapter 7. Toyah Archaeology: Material, Geographic Distribution, and the Concept of Toyah Culture
  • Chapter 8. Putting It All Together: Correlating Toyah Archaeology with Sociocultural Identities
  • Chapter 9. Discussion and Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

John Wesley Arnn III holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. He has conducted numerous archaeological investigations in North America, South America, and Central America.