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During the historic era in particular, Caddo society was radically transformed by the chain of events initiated by the European invasion.
Even before Europeans arrived, there is no reason at all to think that Caddo society was uniform across the Caddo Homeland at any point in time.
Therefore we need to employ anthropology's favorite descriptive device: the concept of the ethnographic present.
We will try to describe what Caddo life was like about 400 years ago, at the end of the 17th century (late 1600s), based mainly on the accounts of early Spanish and French observers.
This scene is based on archeological details from the George C.Painting a picture of Caddo life requires us to try and freeze a moment in time as if we were there.For the scene above, the artist depicted a moment about 900 years ago at the height of one of the ancient Caddo sites archeologists know the most about.Nearby villages and hamlets belonged to the same community.Typically the affiliated communities shared a section of a river valley and adjacent uplands and were within a day's walk from one another.