Thomas N. Campbell

TENAWA INDIANS. The Tenawa (Denavi, Tanewa, Tannewish, Tenawit, Tenhua) Indians, whose name means "down stream," were a Comanche band known by this name only during the first half of the nineteenth century. Although they ranged widely over northern Texas, the Tenawas are most frequently linked with the area that lies between the upper Brazos and Red rivers. This area they shared with the Nokoni and Tanima bands. Sometimes the Tenawas camped with the Penatakas, who lived south of the Tenawa territory, between the Brazos and Colorado rivers. The Tenawa Indians seem to have disappeared as a band before 1850. The Tenawa and Tanima Indians were sometimes confused by observers who wrote about them, and today it is not always possible to tell which band is meant. In fact, some anthropologists think that the two names refer to the same band of Comanche Indians.

Rupert N. Richardson, The Comanche Barrier to South Plains Settlement (Glendale, California: Clark, 1933; rpt., Millwood, New York: Kraus, 1973). John R. Swanton, The Indian Tribes of North America (Gross Pointe, Michigan: Scholarly Press, 1968). Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel, The Comanches (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1952).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


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

Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas N. Campbell, "TENAWA INDIANS," accessed March 24, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bmt33.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox