Guasas Tribe

Guasas Indians.  A tribe mentioned in Spanish narratives and reports on Texas in the latter part of the 18th century as enemies of the “northern Indians,” particularly of the Comanche.  According to one narrative they were the only people able to defeat the latter.  They were reputed to be of great stature and of remarkable skill in horsemanship.  Although many of the things told about them are entirely fabulous, a real tribe, appears to be referred to, probably one of those which erected earth lodges.  This may have been the Osage (Wasash) or, since an annotator of a letter written by Repperdá in 1772 enumerates “Guasers” and Osage separately, possibly they were the Kansa or the Pawnee.


Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

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