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- DescriptionIn the late sixteenth century, Spanish explorers described encounters with North American people they called Jumas. Although widespread contact with Jumas is evident in accounts of exploration and colonization in New Mexico, Texas, and adjacent regions, their scattered distribution and scant documentation have led to long-standing disagreements: was Juma simply a generic name loosely applied to a number of tribes, or were they an authentic, vanished people? In the first full-length study of the Jumas, anthropologist Nancy Hickerson proposes that they were indeed a distinctive tribe, their wide travel pattern linked over well-established itineraries. Drawing on extensive primary sources, Hickerson also explores their crucial role as traders in a network extending from the Rio Grande to the Caddoan tribes' confederacies of East Texas and Oklahoma. Hickerson further concludes that the Jumas eventually became agents for the Spanish colonies, drafted as mercenary fighters and intelligence-gatherers. Her findings reinterpret the cultural history of the South Plains region, bridging numerous gaps in the area's comprehensive history and in the chronicle of these elusive people.
- Author BiographyNancy Parrott Hickerson is an associate professor of anthropology at Texas Tech University. She has written numerous related articles and is the author of Linguistic Anthropology.
- Author(s)Nancy Parrott Hickerson
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1994
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note6 maps, 2 line drawings
- Weight766 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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