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TECOLOTE INDIANS. The Tecolote (Spanish for "owl") Indians are known from the middle eighteenth century, when they were reported as living in settlements with other Indians along the lower Conchos River south of present Presidio. One Spanish source seems to link the Tecolotes with the Otomoaco Indians of the late sixteenth century. If this interpretation is correct, then the Tecolotes can be considered as a remnant of the agricultural branch of the Jumano Indians, sometimes referred to as Patarabueyes.


J. Charles Kelley, "Factors Involved in the Abandonment of Certain Peripheral Southwestern Settlements," American Anthropologist 54 (July-September 1952). J. Charles Kelley, "The Historic Indian Pueblos of La Junta de Los Rios," New Mexico Historical Review 27, 28 (October 1952, January 1953).

Thomas N. Campbell

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Thomas N. Campbell, "TECOLOTE INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 02, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.