Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Joke - The Butcher Dance...

The Butcher Dance

A guy has spent five years traveling all around the world making a documentary on
Native dances. At the end of this time, he has every single native dance of every
indigenous culture in the world on film. He winds up in Australia, in Alice Springs,
so he pops into a pub for a well earned beer. He gets talking to one of the local
Aborigines and tells him about his project.

The Aborigine asks the guy what he thought of the "Butcher Dance".

The guy's a bit confused and says, "Butcher Dance? What's that?"

"What? You no see Butcher Dance?"

"No, I've never heard of it."

"Oh mate. You crazy. How you say you film every native dance if you no see
Butcher Dance?"

"Umm. I got a corroborree on film just the other week. Is that what you mean?"

"No no, not corroborree. Butcher Dance much more important than corroborree."

"Oh, well how can I see this Butcher Dance then?"

"Mate, Butcher Dance right out bush. Many days travel to go see Butcher Dance."

"Look, I've been everywhere from the forests of the Amazon, to deepest darkest
Africa, to the frozen wastes of the Arctic filming these dances. Nothing will
prevent me from recording this one last dance."

"OK, mate. You drive north along highway towards Darwin. After you drive 197
miles, you see dirt track veer off to left. Follow dirt track for 126 miles 'til you
see big huge dead gum tree - biggest tree you ever see. Here you gotta leave the
car, because much too rough for driving.

You strike out due west into setting sun. You walk 3 days 'til you hit creek. You
follow this creek to Northwest. After 2 days you find where creek flows out of
rocky mountains. Much too difficult to cross mountains here though. You now
head south for half day 'til you see pass through mountains.

Pass very difficult and very dangerous. Take 2, maybe 3 days to get through rocky
pass. When through, head northwest for 4 days 'til reach big huge rock - 20 ft
high and shaped like man's head. From rock, walk due west for 2 days and you
find village. Here you see Butcher Dance."

So the guy grabs his camera crew and equipment and heads out. After a couple of
hours he finds the dirt track. The track is in a shocking state and he's forced to
crawl along at a snails pace and so he doesn't reach the tree until dusk and he's
forced to set up camp for the night.

He sets out bright and early the following morning. His spirits are high and he's
excited about the prospect of capturing on film this mysterious dance which he
had never heard mention of before.

True to the directions he has been given, he reaches the creek after three days and
follows it for another two until they reach the rocky mountains. The merciless sun
is starting to take its toll by this time and his spirits are starting to flag, but
wearily he trudges on until he finds the pass through the hills - nothing will
prevent him from completing his life's dream.

The mountains prove to be every bit as treacherous as their guide said and at times
they almost despair of getting their bulky equipment through. But after three and a
half days of back breaking effort they finally force their way clear and continue
their long trek.

When they reach the huge rock, four days later, their water is running low and
their feet are covered with blisters. Y et they steel themselves and head out on
the last leg of their journey.

Two days later they virtually stagger into the village where the natives feed them
and give them fresh water. They begin to feel like new men.

Once he's recovered enough, the guy goes before the village chief and tells him
that he has come to film there Butcher Dance.

"Oh mate. Very bad you come today. Butcher Dance last night. You too late.
You miss dance."

"Well, when do you hold the next dance?"

"Not 'til next year."

"Well, I've come all this way. Couldn't you just hold an extra dance for me,

"No, no, no! Butcher Dance very holy. Only hold once a year. If hold more, gods
get very angry and destroy village! You want see Butcher Dance you come back
next year."

The guy is devastated, but he has no other option but to head back to civilization
and back home.

The following year, he heads back to Australia and, determined not to miss out
again, sets out a week earlier than last time. He is quite willing to spend a week
in the village before the dance is performed in order to ensure he is present to
witness it. However, right from the start things go wrong.

Heavy rains that year have turned the dirt track to mud and the car gets bogged
every few miles, finally forcing them to abandon their vehicles and slog through
the mud on foot almost half the distance to the tree.

They reach the creek and the mountains without any further hitch, but halfway
through the ascent of the mountain they are struck by a fierce storm which rages
for several days, during which they are forced to cling forlornly to the
mountainside until it subsides. It would be suicide to attempt to scale the
treacherous paths in the face of such savage elements.

Then, before they have traveled a mile out from the mountains, one of the crew
sprains his ankle badly which slows down the rest of their journey enormously,
to the rock and then the village.

Eventually, having lost all sense of how long they have been traveling, they stagger
into the village at about 12:00 noon.

"The Butcher Dance!" gasps the guy. "Please don't tell me I'm too late!"

The chief recognizes him and says "No, white fella. Butcher Dance performed
tonight. You come just in time."

Relieved beyond measure, the crew spends the rest of the afternoon setting up
their equipment - preparing to capture the night's ritual on celluloid as dusk falls,
the natives start to cover there bodies in white paint and adorn themselves in all
manner of bird's feathers and animal skins.

Once darkness has settled fully over the land, the natives form a circle around
a huge roaring fire.

A deathly hush descends over performers and spectators alike as a wizened old
figure with elaborate swirling designs covering his entire body enters the circle
and begins to chant. Some sort of witch doctor or medicine man, figures the guy
and he whispers to the chief, "What's he doing?"

"Hush," whispers the chief. "You first white man ever to see most sacred of our
rituals. Must remain silent. Holy man, he asks that the spirits of the dream world
watch as we demonstrate our devotion to them through our dance and, if they like
our dancing, will they be so gracious as to watch over us and protect us for
another year."

The chanting of the Holy man reaches a stunning crescendo before he moves
himself from the circle. From somewhere the rhythmic pounding of drums booms
out across the land and the natives begin to sway to the stirring rhythm.

The guy is becoming caught up in the fervor of the moment himself. This is it.
He now realizes beyond all doubt that his wait has not been in vain. He is about
to witness the ultimate performance of rhythm and movement ever conceived by

The chief strides to his position in the circle and, in a big booming voice, starts
to sing,

He says, "You butch yer right arm in. You butch yer right arm out. You butch
yer right arm in and you shake it all about... "


  1. This is my favorite! I hope this will post. I haven't been able to post in your blog for awhile no matter what I do. And I know the tricks. But keep on posting. Maybe you should put your neocounter in with the countries back in, if people can't post anyway. Then we say where people around the world were coming from. That would be great.

    Love, krissy :)
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  2. Oh! It posted! It was difficult, but I was able to post! Please keep up the blog! This joke was just hysterical!!!

    krissy knox :)



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