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CAMAMA INDIANS. In 1768 Gaspar José de Solís listed Camama as the name of one of the eight Indian groups represented at San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission of San Antonio. Since no recognizable variant of this name has been found in earlier documents and the registers of Mission San José apparently have not survived, there is not enough information to determine just who the Camamas of Solís actually were. Because most of the Indians at San José came from the coastal plain of southern Texas and northern Tamaulipas, it seems likely that the Camamas were from the same area.


Thomas N. Campbell, The Payaya Indians of Southern Texas (San Antonio: Southern Texas Archeological Association, 1975). Peter P. Forrestal, trans., The Solís Diary of 1767, ed. Paul J. Foik (Preliminary Studies of the Texas Catholic Historical Society 1.6 [March 1931]).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "CAMAMA INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.