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Title Source material on the history and ethnology of the Caddo Indians / by John R. Swanton ; foreword by Helen Hornbeck Tanner.
Imprint Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.


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Edition University of Oklahoma Press ed.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 332 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Caddo Indians -- History.
Caddo Indians -- Social life and customs.
Genre History.
Electronic books.
Summary First published in 1942, John R. Swanton's Source Material on the History and Ethnology of the Caddo Indians is a classic reference on the Caddos. Long regarded as the dean of southeastern Native American studies, Swanton worked for decades as an ethnographer, ethnohistorian, folklorist, and linguist. In this volume he presents the history and culture of the Caddos according to the principal French, Spanish, and English sources. In the seventeenth century, French and Spanish explorers encountered four regional alliances - Cahinnio, Cadohadacho, Hasinai, and Natchitoches - within the boundaries of the present-day states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Their descriptions of Caddo culture are the earliest sources available, and Swanton weaves the information from these primary documents into a narrative, translated into English, for the benefit of the modern reader. For the scholar, he includes in an appendix the entire text of three principal documents in their original Spanish. The first half of the book is devoted to an extensive history of the Caddos, from De Soto's encounters in 1521 to the Caddos' involvement in the Ghost Dance Religion of 1890. The second half discusses Caddo culture, including origin legends and religious beliefs, material culture, social relations, government, warfare, leisure, and trade. For this edition, Helen Hornbeck Tanner also provides a new foreword surveying the scholarship published on the Caddos since Swanton's time.
Other Title Print version: Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958. Source material on the history and ethnology of the Caddo Indians. University of Oklahoma Press ed. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 0806128569