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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Were the Karankawas giants?

Were the Karankawas cannibals?

Where did the Karankawas live?

What did the Karankawas look like?

What weapons did the Karankawas utilize?

What did the Karankawas eat?

What were the marriage practices of the Karankawas?

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WERE THE KARANKAWAS GIANTS?

Short Answer: No, but they were taller than average for the time period.

Medium Answer: Coming Soon.

Long Answer: See “Sizing-Up the Karankawa”

 

WERE THE KARANKAWAS CANNIBALS?

Short Answer: Yes, the Karankawas practiced a community-oriented, post-mortem, rare, and ritualistic cannibalism.

Medium Answer: On the surface level, the Karankawas anthropophagy appears to be another piece of conquest-driven propaganda. The abundance of grisly accounts made by Spanish priests and bellicose Texans certainly reinforces that notion. Yet, books such as William Arens’s The Man Eating Myth, which denies the existence of ritualistic cannibalism entirely, have turned rightful skeptics into overzealous cynics who discount all reports of cannibalism, despite their validity.

In my thesis, I show that the Karankawas practiced a community-oriented, post-mortem, rare, and ritualistic cannibalism that colonizers embellished and used as a mechanism to destroy the Karankawa People. Although some historians believe that “cannibal” is too tainted by colonial rhetoric to hold any semblance of truth, to outright deny or overlook this cultural facet of not just the Karankawas, but of many Texas Native American groups, washes away their history and agency. Fully treating First People as human means that as historians we must recognize that Indians, like Europeans, had cultural practices that are now considered stomach-churning. 

Long Answer: I’m writing my thesis on this topic. I plan to have it completed by the end of 2018. I will be hosting my thesis on this website. For more information on my thesis, read over my thesis prospectus.

 

WHERE DID THE KARANKAWAS LIVE?

Short Answer: The Karankawas inhabited the land from around Matagorda Bay to Baffin Bay.

Medium Answer: Coming soon.

Long Answer: I interviewed, and in time, plan to publish a discussion I had with Dr. Robert Ricklis. In this interview, the Karankawas territory is discussed in detail.

 

WHAT DID THE KARANKAWAS LOOK LIKE?

Short Answer: Well built, tattooed, typically naked, with long black hair.

Medium Answer: Coming soon.

Long Answer: See “What Did the Karankawa Look Like?”

 

WHAT WEAPONS DID THE KARANKAWAS UTILIZE?

Short Answer: The bow, the club, and the lance. The bow primarily. “With it they were most dexterous,” Cabeza de Vaca would describe.

Medium Answer: Coming soon.

Long Answer: Coming soon.

 

WHAT DID THE KARANKAWAS EAT?

Short Answer: The most important food sources for the Karankawas were scallops, oysters, buffalo, deer, various roots and plants like cattail and dewberries, and fish like red and black drum, trout, and sheepshead.

Medium Answer: Coming soon.

Long Answer: See “What Did the Karankawa Eat?” and more blog posts coming soon.

 

WHAT WERE THE MARRIAGE PRACTICES OF THE KARANKAWAS?

Short Answer: For the most part yes, but the spiritual leaders were known to have more than one wife.

Medium Answer: Coming soon.

Long Answer: Coming soon. How tribal relationships functioned and the roles the husband and wife played.

 

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Short Answer: That’s unfortunate. Contact me.