Message #180
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 20:11:56
Subject: The Smoki -- Let It Go Already

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Alex Moran  alexcolorado@hotmail.com

Let it go already. The Smoki Ceremonial is dead.
Why waste your time writing about the Ceremonial
in this article. Why not write about the good
programs the Smoki have continued, including the
Docents program. Monthly lectures by archeologists,
researchers, anthropologists, native-americans,
children's programs, etc. Why not also mention
that the "Smoki Pueblo", which at one point was
used as a home base for U of A archeologists, is
also a museum, open to the public, stocked with
artifacts provided by the U of A's archeology
department. I do feel obliged to mention that in
the late 30's or early 40's, the snake dance was
taught to the Smoki by, and blessed by, Hopi
priests. You would have to contact Danny Freeman,
Prescott, Az, about that. Barry Goldwater was one
of Smoki's original members, and only missed
ceremonials due to illness or war. He was also
very active in the Heard Museum. Are those
involvement's the actions of a person
intentionally performing sacrilege, or the actions
of someone, however naieve, promoting something
that is part of anyone's heritage growing up in
the Southwest. Your site promotes archeology,
both professional and amateur. Your audience over
the years has committed its own sacrilegious acts
to more than native americans. Smoki's efforts,
as well as your audiences efforts, were done to
understand, promote, and educate. As we have
traveled into the Politically Correct '90's, we
have learned that we need to be more sensitive.
The Smoki stopped performing ceremonials, while
archeologists stopped digging up graves and
returned dead ancestors to their tribes. Please
consider removing the Smoki.html file from your
site, and consider writing a positive one. If you
can think of any other ways Smoki can help your
societies endeavors, I'm sure they would love to
help. 

Alex Moran 

P.S. I was a Smoki Council Member the year we
voted to cancel the ceremonials. It has been many
years now, and I no longer live in Prescott, so
I'm fuzzy on years, events, and who to contact. 


SWA REPLY:

Dear Mr. Moran: 
On the SWA Anti-Archaeology page, you refer to
http://www.swanet.org/smoki.html.

This Smoki article is a compilation of information
from several Arizona Republic articles. Both our
piece and the Republic articles mention that the
Smoki stopped their questioned practices in 1990.

We believe the information from the Arizona
Republic was factual, so discussing it is
appropriate. There should be no need to whitewash,
hide or sanitize history. SWA should be able to
summarize information and point out nefarious AND
kind doings in our historic past, the recent past,
and in the present.

We agree with you. Anyone, as did the Smoki,
can change their stripes. But please recognize the
purpose of the Anti-Archaeology page  -- there are
many who may never change their stripes,
archaeologists of old tradition included. When
they read the Anti-Archaeology page, they seethe
for good reason.

Anti-Archaeology is a form of web page innoculation
that keeps away the nuts and racists. It works
well for it allows professionals, avocational
archaeologists, Native Americans, and others,
oppotunities to discuss and collaboratively
practice the legitimate uses of archaeology with
greater openess.

The SWA Anti-Archaeology page is virulent for the
wackos and racists. They depart quickly. The page
spares no one. It makes fun of Plastic Shamans,
(small 'a') archaeologists, psuedo-scientists, and
more. The page is iconoclast but not cynical. Lets
face it, while SWA isn't a prozac-viagra cocktail,
it's Anti-Archaeology page is the most fun you
can have with your trowel holstered.

Visit our e-mail list. You may through
correspondence find we have also pissed-off our
professional colleagues on more than one occasion.
Fortunately, they mostly appreciate that the
pointed barb can be used to shed light where
darkness may have prevailed. 

Look further at the SWA web site. On the Arizona
page, there is a link to the Smoki Museum.

The Smoki Museum web page link has been there a long
time, but you failed to note it.

Best Wishes,
SWA