Cabeza Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

Cabeza (Cavesa, Caveza) is a name (Spanish for "head") that seems to have been applied to several Indian groups in North America. In 1693 a group of Cabezas was reported north of the Rio Grande, presumably in the Trans-Pecos. It is not known if these were the same as the Cabezas who lived in southern Coahuila during the same period and who were frequently recorded as being closely associated with the Tobosos.

Herbert E. Bolton, "The Jumano Indians in Texas, 1650–1771," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 15 (July 1911). Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). Charles W. Hackett, ed., Historical Documents Relating to New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, and Approaches Thereto, to 1773 (3 vols., Washington: Carnegie Institution, 1923–37).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Thomas N. Campbell, “Cabeza Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 24, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995