Canu Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

In a Spanish missionary report of 1691 the Canu Indians were mentioned as living about eighty leagues southwest of the Hasinais of eastern Texas. Although there is no proof, the Canus may have been the same as the Canas, one of the Coahuiltecan groups for which San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission was founded at San Antonio in 1720. Some writers have assumed that the Canas were the same as the Sanas, but there is little evidence to support this identification.

Charles W. Hackett, ed., Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas (4 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1931–46). Gaspar José de Solís, "Diary," trans. Margaret Kenny Kress, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 35 (July 1931). John R. Swanton, Source Material on the History and Ethnology of the Caddo Indians (Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 132, Washington: GPO, 1942).
  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Tribes (Other)

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Thomas N. Campbell, “Canu Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995