GAVILÁN INDIANS. Baptismal records at the San Antonio de Valero Mission of San Antonio indicate the presence there of a few Gavilán (Gabilán) Indians, presumably remnants of the Gavilán (Spanish for "sparrow hawk") who in the late seventeenth century lived in the Bolsón de Mapimí of Coahuila and Chihuahua but sometimes ranged northward to the Rio Grande. J. R. Swanton listed Gavilán as a Coahuiltecan band, but J. D. Forbes has recently presented evidence that suggests that the Gavilán spoke a Uto-Aztecan language.
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