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Patarabueye Indians

Thomas N. Campbell General

This name was applied by the Spanish to certain settled peoples along the Rio Grande and lower Río Conchos, in Mexico, near the site of present Presidio. The Otomoaco Indians of the late sixteenth century seem to have been the same people later known as Patarabueyes, who are generally considered to be Jumano Indians. J. C. Kelley has used the name Patarabueye to refer to the agricultural branch of the Jumanos and the name Jumano to refer to the nomadic, bison-hunting branch of the Jumanos. Occasionally the Patarabueye Indians have been identified with certain Wichita groups on the Red River, but this cannot be substantiated.

Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). J. Charles Kelley, "The Historic Indian Pueblos of La Junta de Los Rios," New Mexico Historical Review 27, 28 (October 1952, January 1953). J. Charles Kelley, "Juan Sabeata and Diffusion in Aboriginal Texas," American Anthropologist 57 (October 1955). William W. Newcomb, The Indians of Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961).


  • 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, “Patarabueye Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 26, 2020,

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