The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 56
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on peyote or frixolillo, which they make for the occasion, and the
people believe everything these persons tell them they have seen.
They have idols large and small. They believe in the devil and
offer sacrifices to him believing that he is the true god. In the
pictures they make of him they paint him with horns and a face
of fire and with other features that prove their great deception.
We have not succeeded in getting them to put their houses close
to the church, although they promised at first to do so. There-
fore, there is no Christian doctrine imparted to them, first, because
of the great repugnance they have for Christianity, and, second,
because of the great distance there is between their houses and
because of other motives and reasons they have. Their repug-
nance to baptism from past times is well known, for they have
formed the belief that the water kills them. Some of those who
have been baptized have died, both adults and children. They
do not wish for fire to be taken from their houses because they
believe that someone in the house will die.
Their houses are made of grass, some of them quite large and
tall. Others are medium sized and others still smaller like half
an orange. In each of these many families live. They keep their
corn in lofts and garrets and in big reed baskets. They put their
corn away shelled. They keep their beans, acorns, and nuts in
still other reed baskets. They make large pots in which to keep
water, make atole, and to preserve other things they need to carry.
They make other jars for use. They make very curious rugs of
reed of different colors which could be used in ladies' drawing
rooms. They make very curious little mats of the same material
and other articles of the same which serve as brushes to clean and
sift their food.
Because of the diseases which rage during the summer and
because of the destruction of thieving dogs and gad flies, this is
a poor country in which to raise small stock, like sheep and goats.
Because of this all this kind of stock died last season. To raise
them now is very difficult. It is not possible to raise large herds
of horses on account of the woods. The things that can be raised
are small flocks of cattle, goats, and horses.
These Indians plant their ground in common, using wooden
hoes. They greatly appreciate iron hoes. They build their houses
by community labor and have axes of different kinds which they
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928, periodical, 1928; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101088/m1/62/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.