The Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur: A borderlands community

Scott C Comar, University of Texas at El Paso


This dissertation offers a broad community history of the Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo from colonial contact to their federal recognition in 1987. Considering Tigua history in a Borderlands context, it explores the interaction between community and identity. Here I argue that the Tiguas persisted through Spanish, Mexican, and American colonization because various identity markers involving place, interaction, and shared culture enhanced their community identity as an Indigenous people. This dissertation also examines how social upheaval, migrations, and land dispossession impacted the Tiguas in various contexts, as well as some of the ways in which they adapted to change and maintained group cohesion as an Indigenous pueblo.

Subject Area

American history|Native American studies

Recommended Citation

Comar, Scott C, "The Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur: A borderlands community" (2015). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI3708536.