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DIENTES ALAZANES INDIANS. The Dientes Alazanes (Spanish for "sorrel-colored teeth") are known only from a Spanish document of 1693, which lists them as one of fifty "nations" that lived north of the Rio Grande and "between Texas and New Mexico." This may be interpreted to mean the southern part of western Texas, since the document also mentions that the Apaches were at war with the groups named. Nothing further is known about the Dientes Alazanes. The name reference to stained teeth suggests that these Indians may have lived in the southern high plains of western Texas, since tooth-staining by minerals in the water of that area occurs today.


Charles W. Hackett, ed., Historical Documents Relating to New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, and Approaches Thereto, to 1773 (3 vols., Washington: Carnegie Institution, 1923–37).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "DIENTES ALAZANES INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.