The Stolen Moon Task
Today you will hear a scene based on a folk tale from the Kutchin Indians of Canada read aloud. You will be able to read along in your booklet as you listen. Then you will answer some questions about the scene and about some things you might do if you were acting out and directing the scene. As you read, watch for the line that begins with a star (*). You will be asked a question about that line later. You may look back at the scene any time while you are answering the questions.
Script of the play The Stolen Moon adapted from a Kutchin Indian folk tale.
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FOX: Do you have any food for me, Raven? Im so hungry!
RAVEN: I have food in my nest, atop the highest tree in the forest. But I cannot get any for you, Fox. Ever since the moon disappeared, it has been too dark at night to fly.
FOX: Then how shall we eat?
RAVEN: You are the best hunter in the forest, Fox. Why dont you catch us something for dinner?
FOX: How can I hunt in the darkness? I can hardly see. I thought I caught a rabbit before, but it turned out to be the root of a tree.
RAVEN: If we want to eat, we will have to get the moon back.
FOX: But who could have stolen the moon?
RAVEN: My cousin, the Bear, loves to sleep, and he often complains that the moonlight is so bright it wakes him up. Perhaps he took the moon.
FOX: Lets search his cave!
RAVEN: Were not big enough to take the moon from him if he doesnt want to give it back. Well have to trick him. And I have a plan! Lets go.
[They stumble in the dark to Bears cave.]
FOX: Are you home, Bear? Your friend the Fox is here!
RAVEN: And your cousin the Raven!
BEAR: Im coming, Im coming! I have to put some things away so my cave looks nice for guests. Okay, Im ready now. Come in!
FOX: Hello, Bear. Your cave is so tidy. What did you have to put away?
BEAR: Oh, nothing. Just some...stuff.
RAVEN: Its not important. Weve come to tell you an exciting story Squirrel told us.
BEAR: Tell me! Squirrels stories are my favorites.
RAVEN: Listen carefully, then. Heres Squirrels story. One day Ant went looking for food and she traveled further than usual. At the end of the day she had to cross a huge lawn to return to her anthill. She crawled up one side of the first blade of grass, and down the other side. Then she crawled up one side of the second blade of grass, and down the other side. Then she crawled up one side of the third blade of grass, and down the other side. Then she crawled up one side of the fourth blade of grass . . .
[Bear yawns while Fox looks around the cave for the moon.]
*BEAR: This isnt as exciting as the rest of Squirrels stories.
RAVEN: ...and down the other side. Be patient, Bear, the best part is coming. Then she crawled up one side of the fifth blade of grass, and down the other side. Then she crawled up one side of the sixth blade of grass, and down the other side. Then she crawled up...
[Bear falls asleep.]
Hes asleep, Fox. Have you found anything?
FOX: Theres honey in the cupboard and water in the jug and dishes in the cabinet, but no moon. Wait, what do you think is in that bag under Bears bed?
RAVEN: Lets see...you found it! Its the moon!
FOX: (Shouts): Hurray, we found the moon!
BEAR: Huh? Where am I? Whats happening?
RAVEN: Quickly, Fox! Help me get the moon out of the cave.
[They roll the moon outside.]
BEAR: Come back, moon, come back! I dont want you to shine!
[Fox and Raven throw the moon back into the sky.]
FOX: Fly away, moon, fly away, and give us your light!
[The moon reappears in the sky and lights up the night.]
BEAR: But Cousin, how am I to sleep?
RAVEN: We need the light of the moon to hunt by and to return to our homes after the day. But on nights when we have eaten early and gone to our homes to rest, you may pull the moon from the sky and sleep in the darkness.