The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 60
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Father Guardian of the College of Guadalupe, from the Presidents
of Voca de Leones, Sefior San Joseph, and other persons. 16.
The 29th we set out through some hills and plains that were
green, leafy and wooded, with very dense pines, high thick sosco-
sote, much viperine and many other trees, among which there are
some that are not very high and bear fruit like pears, bergamots
that are poisonous in the highest degree; the one who eats them
knowingly or unknowingly, dies at once. We crossed a creek of
good water called Ephigenia and came to another called Pefiitas.
Around these places there are not many deer although they are not
lacking. There are no buffalos, some turkeys and many bears.
Here I placed a large cross made of sassafras, and they gathered
plenty of viperine for me. 16.
The 30th we crossed a creek of very good water, very leafy, with
many trees on its banks, called Santa Coleta. Here are some
ranches of pagan Indians. We crossed the San Pedro River and
afterwards came to a village that was very large and thickly set-
tled with the Tejas Indians. This name comes from the word
techi, which in our language means friend, and so Tejas Indians
in the same as saying friendly Indians. They are great thieves and
drunkards because whiskey and wine are furnished to them by the
French of Nachitos with whom they have commerce. They are
well-formed and white, and go entirely naked, with only a pabigo
or breech-clout to cover them. They are very much painted with
vermillion. and other colors, and wear many beads of many colors
as well as many feathers of various colors. They are not ugly.
The Indian women are pretty, being fair and very good natured.
They dress in deerskins fringed and bordered with beads of va-
rious colors. Some have smooth long bones hanging from their
ears. Their hair is fair and long. These Indians live in grass
houses that are round and very sheltered; since they are roofed
from the ground, they look like domes. The beds are hung up
high on thick poles in the woods, their buffalo hides are tanned
on the upper side and on the lower. They live on corn, which is
abundant, since the land is so fertile that it yields two harvests
a year, and every stalk at least three ears. But they do not have
the forethought to grind it because there are no metates, and those
which they get from the outside cost fifty dollars each; and so they
cook it or toast it in order to eat it. Cormaiz, as the Tejas call
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