H is for Hueco Indians

H - Hueco Indians

We are currently working on a review for Moving Beyond the Page that focuses on Native Americans. In the first lesson, we were asked to explore local Native American tribes. So, we took off to the Mayborn Museum and searched the internet to see what we could find about this little known subset of Caddo Indians.

The Hueco Indians were a relatively small group of Indians. They are part of the Wichita Indians that were pushed south into Central Texas. The Wichita Indians are part of the larger Caddo Indians, if I followed it all correctly. From spring to fall, they lived in large grass huts that were 30-40 feet high and 20-30 feet across. They farmed and raised crops on about 250 acres. These crops included melons, pumpkins, corn, squash, and beans. When the weather turned colder, they closed up their grass huts and became nomadic for the winter. They followed the buffalo, hunting them and moving around as Plains Indians. They lived in teepees and moved their belongings as needed to hunt the buffalo. As the spring returned, they also returned to their grass huts to begin farming once more.

At The Mayborn

H - grass hut

H - inside grass hut 2 H - inside of grass hut

H - computer questH - teepeeH - buffalo

On The Internet

Information on the Hueco Indians is difficult to find, since they were such a regionalized group and very small. The best information we found indicates that there were only about 250 members of this group and they lived in one village of about 150-200 and another small village of about 50 that was close by.

What we did find is located on the Texas Indians site.

We researched George Catlin a bit since he spent so much of his life living with the Native Americans and painting scenes of their lives. He did spent some time with the Hueco Indians so it was interesting to see a painting that documents their life. We found copies of the paintings on the Wichita Indians page of the Texas Indians site.

We also visited the George Catlin Complete Works site. It was interesting to see all of his work, though the paintings attributed to him on the other site is not found on the Complete Works site, which I found odd. Also, a word of caution – there are some graphic depictions of rituals in a few of the paintings so you may want to pick and choose what your students see.

 

We had fun with this short mini unit on a local Native American tribe. What tribes are close to you? Have you spent any time studying them? We are going to be working on Native Americans most of the summer with mini units like this and are looking for others to study. Please share ideas with us! At Home.

 

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7 thoughts on “H is for Hueco Indians

  1. Rebecca Ivey Collier June 21, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

    Interesting. We live close to where the Tuscarora Native Americans lived in NC, but we haven’t studied them very much, yet.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome June 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

      I think Native American studies are just so much fun. I hope you enjoy studying them when you get around to it.

  2. Jennifer Altman June 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Fun! We will be studying Native Americans this coming year too! Thanks for sharing at FTF!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome June 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

      We are having a fun time with Moving Beyond The Page. They have done a good job with their Native American study. Enjoy your time this coming year learning about them.

  3. Marcy Crabtree June 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

    I’ve never heard of the Hueco Indians before (have heard of Wichita though). We enjoy learning about native Americans, so thanks for introducing us!

    Thanks for linking up with #abcblogging. We’ve featured this post as one of this weeks favorites! http://benandme.com/2014/06/abc-blogging-favorites-letters-g-h.html

    • 3gigglygirlsathome June 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm Reply

      Thank you Marcy. The Hueco (also known to a few as Waco) were a small group but we enjoyed learning a bit more. Thanks for featuring us! We are loving the #abcblogging series.

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