By Nancy Parrott Hickerson
In the past due 16th century, Spanish explorers defined encounters with North American humans they known as "Jumanos." even supposing frequent touch with Jumanos is obvious in debts of exploration and colonization in New Mexico, Texas, and adjoining areas, their scattered distribution and scant documentation have ended in long-standing disagreements: used to be "Jumano" easily a regularly occurring identify loosely utilized to a couple of tribes, or have been they an real, vanished people?
In the 1st full-length research of the Jumanos, anthropologist Nancy Hickerson proposes that they have been certainly a particular tribe, their extensive go back and forth development associated over well-established itineraries. Drawing on huge basic resources, Hickerson additionally explores their the most important function as investors in a community extending from the Rio Grande to the Caddoan tribes' confederacies of East Texas and Oklahoma.
Hickerson additional concludes that the Jumanos ultimately turned brokers for the Spanish colonies, drafted as mercenary opponents and intelligence-gatherers. Her findings reinterpret the cultural heritage of the South Plains quarter, bridging various gaps within the area's finished heritage and within the chronicle of those elusive people.
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