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TETZINO INDIANS. This name is connected with a group of Indians who entered the San Antonio de Valero Mission in San Antonio about 1740. It has been argued that the Tetzinos were Tonkawan because they entered this mission along with other Indians considered to be Tonkawan in affiliation. This appears to be supported by linguistic evidence. The name Tetzino may be a Spanish distortion of Titskan (the Tonkawan name for themselves was Titskan watitch, "indigenous people").


Herbert Eugene Bolton, Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1915; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "TETZINO INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.