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  1. Karankawa and Coahuiltecan

  2. Karankawa • Hunter-gatherers • Lived between Galveston and Corpus Christi Bay • They were nomads or groups of people who moved from place to place • During fall and winter months they lived near the coast • During the spring and summer they moved away from the coast

  3. Men • Were tall and muscular • Painted and their bodies • They loved to wrestle and have all kinds of physical contests

  4. Women • Single women had a single stripe of running across their face

  5. Their Life • Clothing • Men sometimes wore nothing or a deerskin cloth worn around the waist • Women wore skirts made out of deerskin or grass • Both painted their bodies with bright colors • To keep insects away they rubbed alligator/ shark fat and dirt on their skin.

  6. Diet • They used dugout canoes to fish • Depended on the bow and arrow to hunt • Hunted sea turtles and deer • Collected shellfish and bird eggs

  7. Their Life cont. • They got along well with the Spanish and were easy to trade with • Lived in small groups • Were protective of the swamps • Religion was headed by Shamans • practiced ritualistic cannibalism

  8. Coahuiltecan • Lived in southern Texas • Were hunter-gatherers and nomads

  9. Diet • Because the climate was very dry the Coahuiltecan became hunter-gatherers to support themselves. • deer and javelina or hogs • Mesquite beans • Ate practically everything because of the climate • Spiders • Lizards • Worms • Snakes • Ant eggs • Rotten wood • Deer dung • Fly larvae

  10. Culture • Mitotes or all-night celebrations • Occasionally fought small scale wars with each other over food sources • accepting of the missionaries and were easily converted to Christianity