Yellow Hawk Dances And Sings At Bliss
MAR. 12, 1941 — Yellow Hawk, who 10 years ago thrilled El
Paso football fans with his long end runs, is now at Ft.
Bliss entertaining soldiers with songs which his ancestors
sang centuries before the white man discovered America.
Yellow Hawk is the Taos Indian name for Staff Sgt. Jimmie
Lujan, Battery H, 200th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment of the
New Mexico National Guard.
He and his two brothers, Sgt. Jimmie K. Lujan and Cpl. Henry
Lujan, all of Battery H, appear frequently on Ft. Bliss
entertainment programs with singing and dancing acts.
A Peaceful Tribe
Sometimes the Lujan brothers and other New Mexico Indians at
Ft. Bliss put on war dances, in costume, but Sergeant Lujan
explains that his tribe, the Taos Indians, were peaceable
Sergeant Jimmie Lujan sings ancient Taos songs in his native
tongue, which he speaks as well as he speaks English and
“The old Taos songs are handed down from generation to
generation.” he said. “We had no written music. Usually the
songs are sung without accompaniment, though drums are used
“There's really not a great deal of difference between the
old songs of my people and many of the modern popular songs.
Even the rhythm of the Taos songs is sometimes like modern
“The subject matter is similar too. Our ancestors sang love
songs, and we have a traveling song that is similar to one
of those 'lonesome cowboy' songs. The Taos music is both sad
Sergeant Jimmie and five brothers all finished the
Albuquerque Indian School, and while a student there,
Jimmie, a member of the football team, ran 95 yards for a
touchdown against El Paso High.
The Lujan brothers are nephews of Tony Lujan of Taos, who
married Mabel Dodge, an internationally known patron of the
So far, about 30 New Mexico Pueblo Indians, including 10
from Taos, have joined the 200th in camp at Ft. Bliss.
El Paso Herald-Post