This is a basic, straightforward, and well-documented narrative history of the Wichitas’ relations with other Indians and especially non-Indians. It spans the years from the arrival of Spaniards to the U.S.-Mexico War.

The term “Wichitas” refers to related but autonomous Caddoan-speaking groups who lived in villages in the southern Great Plains. These groups moved, combined, and/or split as their relations with other groups changed. The Wichitas’ relations with the Osages, Comanches, Lipan Apaches, Cherokees, Spaniards, French, Mexicans, and Texans, among others, created an ever-dynamic situation in which trading, raiding, warfare, gifts, loyalty, and revenge were abundant. In contrast, well-deserved trust between groups was rare. Thus, while the Wichitas certainly sought trade, the title of this volume highlights only one aspect of their relations with other groups, as this book clearly shows.

In addition to being an eminently readable narrative, this work is well documented. Smith cites archival sources in French,...

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