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CHIZO INDIANS. The Chizo (Chiso) Indians were nomadic desert people who lived in the area now covered by northeastern Chihuahua, northwestern Coahuila, and the lower Big Bend region of Trans-Pecos Texas. They were also known under the alternate name of Taquitatome. The names of several Chisos bands are known: Chizo proper, Batayogligla, Chichitame, Guazapayogligla, Osatayogligla, Satapayogligla, and Sunigogligla. Some writers consider the Chizo as an eastern subdivision of the Concho Indians. The Chisos Mountains of the Big Bend National Park are believed to have been named for the Chizo Indians, whose range included the present park area.


Jack D. Forbes, "Unknown Athapaskans: The Identification of the Jano, Jocome, Jumano, Manso, Suma, and Other Indian Tribes of the Southwest," Ethnohistory 6 (Spring 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 Charles W. Hackett, ed., Historical Documents Relating to New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, and Approaches Thereto, to 1773 (3 vols., Washington: Carnegie Institution, 1923–37). Carl Sauer, The Distribution of Aboriginal Tribes and Languages in Northwestern Mexico (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1934).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "CHIZO INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 09, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.