Karankawa Indians of Texas
The image below points to one of several Karankawa Rockport phase spring/summer campsites (41SP159-64) perched on the hilltops on the south side of the
confluence of Moody Creek and Aransas River.
An Ecological Study of Cultural Tradition and Change
Page 78, figure 17.Robert A. Ricklis (University of Texas Press 1996)
Before Saluria, the only occupants of Matagorda Island were the wintering Karankawa Indians of Texas. The tribe were reportedly over six feet tall on average and ate human flesh of their enemies (but are not considered cannibals and, in fact, found cannibalism abhorrent when the Europeans ate the human flesh of their dead friends to survive) according to François Simars de Bellisle in his biography De Bellisle on the Texas Coast translated by Henri Folmer and The Journey of Álvar Núñez Cabeza De Vaca (1542) translated by Fanny Bandolier.