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OTOMOACO INDIANS. The Otomoaco (Amotomanco) Indians are known from the late sixteenth century, at which time they lived on the lower Conchos River of northern Chihuahua and also along the Rio Grande in the area between present Presidio and El Paso. The Otomoacos have been convincingly identified as a sedentary branch of the Jumano Indians, for which the name Patarabueye is sometimes used today. One Spanish source seems to relate the Otomoaco Indians with the Tecolote Indians of the eighteenth century.


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Thomas N. Campbell


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