Newcomb's book is likely to remain the best general work on Texas Indians for a long time.
The Indians of Texas, by W. W. Newcomb, Jr., is an excellent and long-needed survey of the ethnography of the Indian tribes who resided within the present limits of Texas since the beginning of the historic period.... The book is the most comprehensive. scholarly, and authoritative account covering all the Indians of Texas, and is an invaluable and indispensable reference for students of Texas history, for anthropologists, and for lovers of Indian lore.
Dr. Newcomb writes persuasively and with economy, and he has used his material very well indeed.... his presentation makes good reading of what might have been a book only for the specialists.
Part I: Before the Written Record
1. The Beginnings
Part II: Savages of the Western Gulf Culture Area
2. The Coahuiltecans: South Texas
3. The Karankawas: Gulf Coast
Part III: Nomads of the Plains
4. From Foot to Horse
5. The Lipan Apaches: Conquerors Dispossessed
6. The Tonkawas: Central Texas
7. Comanches: Terror of the Southern Plains
8. Kiowas and Kiowa Apaches: Far-Ranging Raiders
Part IV: Barbaric Gardeners
9. The Jumanos: Southwestern Borders
10. The Witchitas: Nations of the North
11. The Caddo Conferedacies: East Texas
12. The Provincial Atakapans
Part V: Bitter Bread of Banishment
13. Extermination and Oblivion