by Ernest Thompson Seton
The Courtship of the Eagles:
A Comedy Dance
(This is not the Eagle Dance of the Zuni.)
The dancers (two) are supposed to be made up as eagles, but usually the only
regalia is a blanket folded in triangular shape pinned on the back and along
each arm, to be like wings when the arms are raised.
Two strong boxes (the mountains) are used for perches. One should be big
enough for two to stand on it.
The scene opens with the he-eagle standing alone on his mountain, waving his
wings and uttering a long, lonesome "Kek Kek Kek." He looks this way
and that, sails around the mountain, "Kek Kekking," and comes back to
it, looking and listening.
Meanwhile the she-eagle is hiding behind her mountain. She peeks with intense
interest, but keeps down.
At last, when the he-one seems to be giving up in despair, she puts up her
head and answers "Kek." he comes sailing and loudly Kek Kekking. But
she hides and he misses her.
He goes back to his mountain and utters one or two despairing
"Keks." She jumps up and utters a loud "Kek Kek." He comes
sailing and "Kek Kekking." She sails away. He pursues. They circle
round and round, cut figures of 8, loudly "Kek Kekking," but she
eludes him, and at last hides behind her mountain. He sails about, sadly
"Kek Kekking." She makes no answer. He alights on his mountain. She
calls out "Kek." He pays no heed. She sails out, calling
"Kek." He turns his back. She "Keks" in vain, then alights
on his mountain behind him, calling softly "Kek" in his ear and
swishing him with her wing. He turns around, she flees. He pursues. She is
easily caught. With their left hands joined, but facing different ways, they
spin about in a couple of joyous circles, uttering long, loud "Keks."
They alight on his mountain. He folds his wings about her.
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