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.
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).