The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 33
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Tribal Society Among Texas Indians. 33
their belief, to be finally rewarded, and this belief must have re-
flected some influence on tribal society.
We may finally remark upon the persistence of the tribe. While
there is a remnant of the tribe left, its members persist in maintain-
ing its old tribal organization. There is no instance of a tribe, as
such, adopting the political or social organizations of civilization.
The study of tribal society throws light on some subjects which
have hitherto been dark to us. We are not yet removed by very
many ages from the time when our ancestors had similar tribal or-
ganizations; and as we see our domestic animals repeating with
amusing fidelity the precautions and preparations which their wild
ancestors made for their surroundings, the reasons for which have
wholly ceased, but the instinct remains, so we find our ignorant and
simple-minded, or, as Carlyle says, "dim instinctive classes," con-
tinually proposing political measures, which probably served for
small tribes of ancient savages, but are preposterous in civilized
and modern nations.
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