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Indian Nations CouncilThe Greatest Show on Earth

May 1994

Back To Nature

The Lion Hunt (Audience Participation)

The leader takes a seated position in front of audience so all can see him and instructs everyone to make signs and gestures as indicated.

Leader:Would you like to go on a lion hunt? O.K. let's go.

Way, way down in the deep dark jungles of Africa, there lives a tribe of Pygmies.

One morning the chief got up, yawned, stretched, and looked at the sky.

(All go through motions.) He called all the Pygmy braves from their huts. (Sound one "whoop" by cupping hand over mouth.)

The braves all come out, stretch, and answer their chief with two whoops. (All give two whoops.) The warriors go to the chief's hut to talk over the plans. (Sound effect:  All repeat "Soda water bottle, soda water bottle.")

The Pygmies say good-bye to their wives. (Make sound, "Low wo-wo-wo," by cupping hands over mouths.) Here we go down the trail. (Everyone produces sound of marching Pygmies by striking knees with palms of hands, alternating.)

We're getting out in the tall grasses now. (Rubbing palms of hands back and forth against each other.) Up ahead there's a big river with a bridge. Here we go across the bridge. (Hit chest with fists, alternating.) We're across.  (Regular marching resumed.)

We're starting up a mountain (tempo slows). This is hard work. (Slower and slower.) We're getting close to the top now. (Tempo quite slow, then back to normal.) We're on top now; here we go down the other side. (Speed marching up to a run tempo, then back to normal.) O.K., we're back on level ground.

Oh! Oh! Narrow river. No bridge. Better jump. Run! (Slap knees fast, long pause, then one smart slap.) Made it.  More tall grass. (Rub palms together.) Sh-h! (All repeat Sh-h!) Sure looks like lion country. Yep, there's a lion ahead. We have to sneak up on him. (Walk fingers of right hand across palm of left hand.) Suddenly the lion charges with a roar. R O A R ! The Pygmies turn and run (Running tempo against knees. Now repeat all actions and gestures in reverse): We're back to the mountain...jump the creek...cross the bridge...run through the grass...through the gate...slam the gate shut...bit sigh of relief. And then the wives start asking questions all at once. You know how women talk. (All say "rhubarb, rhubarb" in a high pitch to imitate old women.)

O.K.  We've been on a Pygmy lion hunt.

The Den Mother's Bouquet

Characters:Six Cub Scouts in summer uniform or Cub Scout T-shirts.

Scene:A nature walk.

Props:Cub - fashioned bouquet, with strands of ivy.

Cub 1:Gee, Fellas. I don't think Mrs. Brown's having a very good time.

Cub 2:Well, you didn't help things much, giving her that garter snake.

Cub 3:I was just trying to help her collect stuff for our nature display at pack meeting.

Cub 4:Yeah...and you heard what she said!  "Nothin' ever again, that moves by itself."

Cub 3:So...now I know better!

Cub 5:Don't worry about a thing, you guys. I'm gonna fix everything.

Cub 6:Yeah?  How?

Cub 5:Well, you know how nutty women are about flowers? So, I picked her this neat bunch of flowers...(he holds up bouquet, with trailing strands of ivy)...  See?

Cub 6:Oh no... (wails). We'll never get to go on another hike!

Cub 5:How come?

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