The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa


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(Scene 2: Kuchicagulia, The second principle of Kwanzaa. Location: A farm. Two NARRATORS are down stage left. A FARMER enters, center.)

FARMER: It's a nice day for a walk. I think I'll go to the woods.
NARRATOR 1: A farmer left his farm one day and took a stroll in the woods nearby. Suddenly, he spotted a baby eagle lying on the ground.
FARMER: Bless my britches! A baby eagle. It must have fallen out of the nest. I'll take it home and put it in the chicken house (he does).
CHICKENS: (enter clucking) Puck-puck-puck-pah-deh!! (The FARMER is throwing down grain for them for them.)
FARMER:
Well I’ll be hog tied! The Eagle's eating the grain I threw down for them thar chickens! I reckon it'll live.
NARRATOR 2:
"Kujichagulia," the second principle of Kwanzaa, means self determination. It means to decide for yourself who you want to be, and be proud of who and what you are.

NARRATOR 1: Other people sometimes have ideas of who you are and what you may become. But in the end, it’s up to you to decide that for yourself...
NARRATOR 2: ...though it does help to get a little encouragement from a wise soul somewhere along the line.
NARRATOR 1: This is “The Tale of the Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken.”
NARRATOR 2: For five years the eagle stayed in the hen house. And it learned by watching the chickens how to eat, walk, preen, and sleep just like a chicken. (All birds do these activities together). But it grew to be as big as any ordinary eagle.
FARMER: Yep. That shore is one mighty fine looking chicken.
NATURALIST: One day, a scientist, a naturalist, (that's me!) stopped by the farm. You see, I was lost and I stopped to ask for directions.
NATURALIST: (to the FARMER) Howdy!
FARMER: Howdy! What brings you to these parts, stranger?
NATURALIST: I'm lost. I hope you can tell me where I am.
FARMER: Yep. Sure can. You're on my farm. And that there's my chicken coop.
NATURALIST:
(staring) Say! Isn't that an eagle??

FARMER: Nope. It's a chicken.
NATURALIST: Well, it sure looks like an eagle!
FARMER: Chicken.
NATURALIST: No, I’m telling you, I'm a scientist. And that bird there is definitely an eagle.
FARMER: Well, it may have started out like an eagle, but I trained it to be a chicken. I reckon that makes it one.
NATURALIST: Its wings measure 15 feet across. It could soar up to the heavens.
FARMER: Could not. Chickens can’t fly.
NATURALIST: Could too. That bird is an eagle.
FARMER: Is not.
NATURALIST: Is too.
FARMER: Not.
NATURALIST: Too.
NATURALIST: (after a pause) I tell you what. Let's test it.
FARMER: Fair enough. But I tell you, I've convinced it that it's a chicken.
NATURALIST: I'll pick it up and get it to fly.
FARMER: No way.
NATURALIST: Way. (He pantomimes picking up the EAGLE and putting it on a fence.)




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