Land of the Tejas

Land of the Tejas : Native American Identity and Interaction in Texas, A.D. 1300 to 1700

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 680g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 32 line drawings
  • 0292747691
  • 9780292747692

Table of contents

Foreword by Tom D. Dillehay
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
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"Land of the Tejas is an outstanding book. It represents an effective melding of archaeological, ethnohistorical, ethnographic, archival, and historical information to develop an intriguing picture of the varied relationships between many Native American groups in a wide swath of Texas both before and after European contact." - Timothy K. Perttula, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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About John Wesley Arnn

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.
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