District August 1975 Roundtable
Pecos Bill - Yippy yi-i-ay
Varmints - Howl
Horse or Widowmaker -
Indians - War hoop
Toad - Hop-hop
Painted Desert -
Pecos Bill fell out of a wagon while
travelling westward with his family. He was found by a bunch of
coyotes and it wasn't long before Pecos Bill became one of them
varmints. One day a cowboy came by and told Pecos Bill that since he
didn't have a tail like a coyote he figured that he was a human and
that he should have a horse to ride. Now Pecos Bill had no idea how
to get a horse. A few days later a little strange horse wandered
into the valley and Pecos Bill was able to save the life of the
little horse. From that day on, Pecos Bill and Widowmaker stuck
together like warts on a toad. After a few years, Pecos Bill and
Widowmaker became known as the toughest varmints west of the Alamo.
Now once a tribe of painted Indians did a war dance. Pecos Bill took
out his gun and started shooting up their game. Pecos Bill gave
those Indians such a shakeup that they jumped out of their makeup
and that's how the Painted Desert got its name.
How To Wash An
Indian Nations Council
Before introducing this stunt, choose three people
to leave the room. They should not overhear the narrator. Narrator
explains to audience that the stunt is called "How to Wash an
Elephant", a classic example in communications. He tells the
following story and pantomimes the motions as he goes.
Narrator: One morning, Farmer Friendly went
out to the barn to begin his chores. (Pantomime walking). He threw
open the barn door, and to his surprise, he found an elephant in his
barn. (Pantomime throwing open door, surprise). The farmer didn't
know what to do with the elephant so he decided that the first thing
to do was to wash it. He led the elephant from the barn. (Pantomime
picking up elephant's trunk and walking with it over your shoulder.
(Open and close the barn door). He left the elephant near the pump
got a bucket and scrub brush and pumped the bucket full of water.
(Pantomime actions) Now he was ready to begin. First he scrubbed the
right side. (Pantomime scrubbing. Lift up elephant's ear and wash
them). Then he was ready for the stomach. (Lie on underside). Next,
the right side. (Repeat the same actions as for the left side) then
he scrubbed the elephant's face. (Pantomime scrubbing between eyes
and down length of trunk). Almost done? (Walk to rear of elephant,
gingerly lift up tail and quickly scrub there). There, that's done!
(Pantomime throwing out rest of water, putting brush in bucket and
setting bucket beside pump. Take the elephant by his truck and lead
him back to the barn, open door, lead him in, go out and shut door
Narrator tells audience he will call people back in,
one by one, and pantomime the stunt, without benefit or narrative.
The first person will pantomime what he remembers for the second,
and so on. He will, of course, have no idea what the motions mean,
so it can be very funny. And by the time the actions are pantomimed
for the third person, it will be distorted and bear little
resemblance to the original version.
After all three have tried
their luck, narrator explains the story and tells them what they are