Caddo Indians


Caddo (kăd´ō), Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Caddoan branch of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). These people gave their name not only to the linguistic branch but also to the Caddo confederacy, a loose federation of tribes that in prehistoric times occupied lands from the Red River valley in Louisiana to the Brazos River valley in Texas and N into Arkansas and Kansas. Members, besides the Caddo, included the Arikara, the Pawnee, the Wichita, and others. The culture of these loosely knit peoples was similar. Generally they were sedentary, living in villages of conical huts, although they did raise horses. The culture of the Caddo proper was marked by a clearly defined system of social stratification and by a religion that closely regulated daily life. Some now reside on tribal land in Oklahoma. In 1990 there were 3,000 Caddo in the United States.

See J. T. Hughes, Prehistory of the Caddoan-Speaking Tribes (1968).

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Caddo Indians: Selected full-text books and articles

Source Material on the History and Ethnology of the Caddo Indians By John R. Swanton U. S. Government Printing Office, 1942
Traditions of the Caddo By George A. Dorsey University of Nebraska Press, 1997
The Archaeology of the Caddo By Timothy K. Perttula; Chester P. Walker University of Nebraska Press, 2012
FREE! Villages of the Algonquian, Siouan, and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi By David I. Bushnell Jr Washington Government Printing Office, 1922
The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890 By James Mooney University of Nebraska Press, 1991
Librarian's tip: Includes "The Caddo and Associated Tribes"
The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760 By Robbie Ethridge; Charles Hudson University Press of Mississippi, 2002
Librarian's tip: "Social Changes among the Caddo Indians in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" begins on p. 249
The Hoe and the Horse on the Plains: A Study of Cultural Development among North American Indians By Preston Holder University of Nebraska Press, 1974
Librarian's tip: Includes "The Village Way of Life"
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