The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 50
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50 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Vidaizes live on the Trinity, below the abandoned village
of the same name, about fifteen leagues to the east a little to the
south. They number about three hundred Indians. They go
down to Natchitoches to exchange their furs. They cultivate the
soil. They treat the Spaniards well when visiting in their pueblos.
Their customs are like those of the Cad6.
The Alibam6 live in three pueblos in the same direction on the
said river at no great distance from the Vidaizes. They number
about six hundred Indians. They are liberal and industrious and
indulge in hunting, by which they gain their livelihood. They
go down to Nacogdoches with their furs which they exchange
like the other Indians. They use firewater, and paint their faces.
They are kind, and their customs and inclinations are not bar-
barous; although they are superstitious like the other Indians.
The Conchate live further down on the same river and toward
the east. They number about five hundred Indians. Their cus-
toms and inclinations differ in no way from those of the other
tribes referred to, although they are found to be more given to
the use of firewater. Some of them are seen to be gayly adorned
with the plumage of birds on their heads, dressed in flowered
chintz shirts, their faces painted with vermillion, and with silver
pendants hanging from their noses. They have considerable trade
and are great hunters without neglecting to cultivate the soil.
They trade in furs with the foreigners from whom they receive
merchandise and other things they may need.
Chat6 y ChatA
The Chat6 and Chath, who live on the Sabine river, not very
far from the sea, look very much like the Conchat6 so far as
adornment goes. They are also given to drunkenness. Many of
them know French. Their customs are like those of the Cad6.
Their trade in furs, with the foreigners, is considerable. These
people, who live very near neighbors to each other, number about
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