Naansi Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: August 1, 1995

The Naansi Indians are known from only one document (Douay narrative) of the La Salle expedition, which indicates that at the end of the seventeenth century these Indians were numerous and lived between the Hasinai and Kadohadacho tribes. This suggests that they may have occupied the valley of either the Sabine River or the Sulphur River. The Naansis cannot be identified with any other Indian group listed for this general area in French or Spanish documents. Since the Naansi Indians lived between two areas dominated by Caddoan tribes, it seems likely that they too were Caddoan; but this cannot be demonstrated.

Isaac Joslin Cox, ed., The Journeys of René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (2 vols., New York: Barnes, 1905; 2d ed., New York: Allerton, 1922). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).


  • 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, “Naansi Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 27, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 1, 1995