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PUCHAM INDIANS. The Pucham (Pueham) Indians are known only from the diary of Juan Domínguez de Mendoza, who in 1684 listed them as one of thirty-seven Indian groups from which delegations were expected while he was encamped in the western part of the Edwards Plateau. Since about half of the names on this list are identifiable as Coahuiltecan, it is possible that the Pucham Indians, whose name is similar to some of these (i.e., Pucha, Puguahian), are also of Coahuiltecan affiliation.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–58; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976). Charles W. Hackett, ed., Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas (4 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1931–46).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "PUCHAM INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.