|Becoming a Storyteller: Example
How I do opening scenes of Monkey Steals the Drum Story.
In the beginning of
time, before there was humankind, all the animals used to come together
to dance. Now, they had no instruments, so they made music by raising
their voices high. Up into the sky, until at last, with the rising sun,
the animals would disappear, one by one by one, until only Ajaniku, the
great Leopard King, was left.
One day Ajaniku, he
had killed a fine, fat bush buck and was eating out its flesh. He threw
the skin away, and, under the hot African sun, that skin landed on a stump
and dried tight, tight as a drum. And when Ajaniku, he went to wipe his
whiskers off, why, boom, ooooh! boom-boom! Aaaah! Be Bee Boom ba Boom!
He began to dance and play. And far away, all the other animals heard
the noise, and they came running to see, and when they saw the drum they
So, they went into
the bush and from their behind took a piece of skin (owhoo hoo hooo hoo)
and then they stretched that skin tight across a hoop of wood and made
a drum they could play.
Now, far away, Monkey,
he heard the noise. And he came running to see. And when he saw their
drums, he wanted one. But, when he went into the bush to take a piece
of skin, he thought, "I'm such a little thing. If I take anything off
of me, there won't be anything left. I better steal a drum instead."
And, so, Monkey waited
for all the animals to go to bed; then, into the camp he did creep to
where Ajaniku, the Leopard King, lay asleep. And Monkey stole the drum
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