Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)



First Advisor

Dr. Christopher L. Miller

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Salmon

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Pozorski


This study argues that the history of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Southern Plains-New Mexico region can be significantly revised if approached from an epistemology founded on William James's doctrine of radical empiricism. Such an epistemology seeks out empirical data and interpretations of that data from a variety of disciplines, and by casting a wider net, empirically and metahistorically, provides for a "more true" conception of the past. It is argued that previous interpretations of this history have missed a larger understanding of changes occurring in the region due to a variety of limiting perspectives, which has included interpretations imbued with presentist, teleological, ethnocentric, or anthropocentric epistemologies. Focusing on the Lipan Apaches, this study uses historical documents, interpretations, and data amassed from anthropology and the natural sciences to reconstruct a more rich, full, and inclusive history of the region.


Copyright 1992 William Carter. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

Pan American University

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