Franklin Barnett
Crooked Arrow
1977

The story of Ah-ee, mocked as "Crooked Arrow" by the girl who became his bride; his coming of age, learning the ways of a hunter, his life in the Pueblos at war and peace, the ways of hunting, fighting, and family, of prehistoric Pueblo Indians...


About the Author:

Franklin Barnett's life started out in Chicago. He left in his early teens and moved to Denver where he joined the Army. Later he was educated in Oakland, California at the Polytechnic College of Engineering. He was commissioned in the Infantry in 1934, but later transferred to the Engineers. During World War II, while serving with the 3rd Amphibian Engineer Brigade, 6th Army in New Guinea, he was injured and was medically discharged in 1945. At this time he turned to technical writing, as he was unable to pursue civil engineering, his prewar profession.

Mr. Barnett has written off and on most of his life. In the early years he wrote poems and short stories for various magazines. In later years, he wrote historical novels and a biography of a Yavapai Indian Chieftess.

In 1955 Mr. Barnett and his wife, Joan, became interested in southwestern archaeology. A rather extensive library on Indian artifacts and archaeology was developed, with study during all available spare time. In this way, and in lieu of a formal education in archaeology, a lasting in-depth appreciation of the profession was built. Eventually, permission was obtained to explore and excavate prehistoric Indian sites on weekends. This lasted for years, with the two of them excavating and completely documenting over 500 prehistoric Indian rooms. During this period, Mr. Barnett was a supervisor of technical writing with Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Subsequent to retirement from Sandia Laboratories in 1965, Mr. Barnett applied his artistic, engineering, and technical writing skills to the writing of archaeological reports of their excavations in New Mexico and Arizona. Ten of these reports have been published by the Albuquerque Archaeological Society in New Mexico and the Museum of Northern Arizona and Yavapai College in Arizona. Additionally, in 1973 Mr. Barnett wrote the Dictionary of Prehistoric Indian Artifacts of the American Southwest published by Northland Press, Flagstaff. This book has gone into a third printing.

In recent years Mr. Barnett found time to conduct adult classes at the college level and field sessions in Archaeology of the American Southwest.

The excavations at the Matli Ranch Ruins; the 27-room Fitzmaurice Pueblo ruin, both in Yavapai County, Arizona, and the reports which followed, led to the idea, and are the bases for this novel, Crooked Arrow.