TENU INDIANS. The Tenu (Tena, Tina) Indians are known only from records of San Antonio de Valero Mission at San Antonio, and their status remains in doubt. Since they entered this mission about 1740, a time when many Tonkawan groups were also entering the mission, it has been suggested that the Tenus may have been a Tonkawan group. It is also possible to argue that they were a Coahuiltecan group and that the name is a shortened form of either Tenicapeme or Tinapihuaya. The Tenicapeme Indians lived in northern Tamaulipas, and some members of this band were at San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission in San Antonio. Indirect evidence suggests that the Tinapihuayas originally lived on the coast between the Nueces and San Antonio rivers. Tenu identification must await better documentary evidence.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas N. Campbell, "Tenu Indians," accessed March 23, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bmt35.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.