Camama Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

In 1768 Gaspar José de Solís listed Camama as the name of one of the eight Indian groups represented at San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission of San Antonio. Since no recognizable variant of this name has been found in earlier documents and the registers of Mission San José apparently have not survived, there is not enough information to determine just who the Camamas of Solís actually were. Because most of the Indians at San José came from the coastal plain of southern Texas and northern Tamaulipas, it seems likely that the Camamas were from the same area.

Thomas N. Campbell, The Payaya Indians of Southern Texas (San Antonio: Southern Texas Archeological Association, 1975). Peter P. Forrestal, trans., The Solís Diary of 1767, ed. Paul J. Foik (Preliminary Studies of the Texas Catholic Historical Society 1.6 [March 1931]).
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  • Native American
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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, “Camama Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995