Reconstructed Ethnohistory of the Southwest (In Memory of Cynthia Irwin-Williams & her field School at Salmon Ruins, San Juan County, New Mexico, ENMU)

Themes of Ethnic Conflict and Conquest Dominate History Everywhere—THE ATHABASKAN BASTARDS  (sing to the tune of “Wabash Cannonball” and always hit the screen when shoveling dirt—the Apache and the Navaho “Dine” are culturally and linguistically distinct from any and all of the Pueblo-Dwelling Tribes)

Down in Arizona, where scholars’ minds are free,
Their theories they are foolproof, as anyone can see
This song it is the story of the greatest of them all
How those Athabaskan Bastards caused the Great Pueblo fall.

They stand there in their classrooms and there they hem and haw,
And tell fantastic stories of surveys that they saw,
Now how the Apache got there, they do not know at all,
But those Athabaskan Bastards caused the Great Pueblo Fall.

Along the Pacific Coastline, close by the rock-bound shore,
From Sonora to Columbia, you’ll find them evermore.
They’re fierce and they are warlike, and its well-known by all.
That those Athabaskan Bastards caused the Great Pueblo Fall.

Along the San Juan River lived a peaceful farming folk,
Who thought of scurvy nomads as something of a joke.
They could not see, they could not tell, the meaning to it all.
So they let those Athabaskan Bastards caused the Great Pueblo Fall.

Throughout the spring and summer, they grew their corn and beans.
Then came the blow that shattered all those great Chacoan dreams.
The burning of the cornfields, it cast a smoky pall,
As those Athabaskan Bastards caused the Great Pueblo Fall.

The lookout saw them coming, his eyes were sharp and true,
They ran back to their Great House, they pulled up the ladders too..
They though they could defend them, but those Bastards scaled the wall.
That’s how those Athabaskan Bastards caused the Great Pueblo Fall.

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