CUITAO INDIANS. The Cuitao (Cuitoa, Cuitoat) Indians were known only in the seventeenth century. Their location hinges upon identification of a river referred to by the Spanish as Río Nueces. This was not the present Nueces River of southern Texas but a river much farther north. Two schools of thought have emerged concerning the identity of this river. One school identifies it as the Colorado River in west central Texas, and the other identifies it as either the Red River or Canadian River of Texas and Oklahoma. Since each identification leaves certain important details unexplained, the status of the Río Nueces remains undetermined. However, it is important to note that, regardless of river identification, the Cuitao area was either in north central Texas or that portion of Oklahoma north of it. A. H. Schroeder's suggestion that the Cuitaos were probably a Wichita group therefore appears reasonable. The phonetic resemblance of Cuitao to Quitaca may be significant, especially since the Quitaca Indians seem also to have been a Wichita group.
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