Indians of Texas
Though many older historical narratives of Texas portray the Indians as enemies of and obstacles to the European and American
settlement of Texas, the reality was far more complicated than the civilization-versus-savagery schema so frequently employed
in the past. The variety of the peoples and cultures whom Europeans first found in Texas and the different histories of each
group make generalizations about Indians hazardous. This quiz is designed to test and perhaps even expand your knowledge of
just a few of the hundreds of groups of Texas “Indians,” as the first European explorers to arrive called the peoples they
As usual, this is an open-book quiz; you might find the Handbook of Texas Online entries on Indians and various associated topics, such as Indian relations, Indian reservations, and military history, useful in answering the questions below. You might also want to use the Online Handbook’s search engine to look up some of the relevant terms.
You may submit your answers online by including your name and e-mail address below. As prizes for our winners, in addition
to well-earned bragging rights, we are offering five $50 gift certificates for TSHA membership or publications. One prize
will go to the first entry received with ten correct answers. Another will be chosen at random from all other “perfect” entries
received by December 7, 2005, and the final three will be given to the first three school groups submitting entries with at
least eight correct answers.