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PULCHA INDIANS. The Pulcha (Pilcha, Pylcha, Vlcha) Indians are known only from a long list of Indian groups reported in 1684 by Juan Domínguez de Mendoza when he was in the western part of the Edwards Plateau. It is said that delegations from these Indians were expected, but no territorial ranges are specified. As the name was never reported from adjoining areas, the Pulcha Indians may have been a local Edwards Plateau group, possibly of Coahuiltecan affiliation.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–58; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976). Charles W. Hackett, ed., Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas (4 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1931–46).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "PULCHA INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.