The Taensa Indians were a small tribe of northeastern Louisiana, closely related to the Natchez tribe.
The Taensas have not existed as a tribe since the late 1700's, but there are some people of Taensa
descent still living among the neighboring Chitimacha tribe today. A second Louisiana tribe, the Avoyel,
was sometimes called the "Petit Taensa" tribe by the French, but was actually distinct from them.
There are no remaining records of the Taensa language. A wordlist and grammar of the Taensa language
that were discovered in the 1880's by a French seminary student named Jean Parisot turned out to be an
elaborate hoax. All that is known about the actual Taensa language is that early French missionaries
considered it similar to Natchez, in which case it was probably also a