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TAMA

TAMA. Tama (Tamma) was a name adopted by the Spaniards of Texas to apply to messengers, policemen, and overseers; it had originally been the native name of one of the administrative officials of the Hasinai Indians. The Spaniards used it to apply generally to similar officers among other Indians.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Mattie Austin Hatcher, "Description of the Tejas or Asinai Indians," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 30 (January 1937). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).

Citation

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

"TAMA," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/pft01), accessed April 20, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.