In a beautiful valley nestled among several mountains in upstate New York, Bill Elwell, teacher of American Indian tradition, conducts one of the most sacred of Indian ceremonies. Large rocks, heated glowing red in a huge fire, are brought by pitchfork into a small, blanket covered hut. Beautiful chanting, drumming and rattling emanate from this small forest dwelling sitting at the edge of a meandering river. In the sweat lodge, Native Americansw (and others) pray, sing and conduct healing. Sweet smelling herbs are sprinkled on the glowing rocks which are then doused with water, as the resultant live steam bathes the participants. Certainly the sweating purifies the body while the intense heat, darkness and drumming is said to purify the spirit. We will see this ceremony, from preparing the hut, fire and sacred Indian alter, to the chanting and drumming to the freezing swim in the icy river. 90 minutes.
Watch monkey tailed skink lizards munching on mangos. Rough necked Dragon (monitor) lizards, tiny green and red geckos and giant Madagascan chameleons are part of the Animal Man's lizard breeding collection. Bob Klein has presented his "Animal Man" programs to over one and a half million students and teachers. Now we get to see his private animal collection as he, his wife Jean, daughter Tabitha and her friends help take care of these exotic creatures. We will see chameleons shoot out their long tongues to catch insects, protecting their territory against intruders and a female laying her eggs. Iguanas and blue tonged skinks have their lunch while hefty tegu lizards wander around the pond. This program teaches basic ecological principles with delightfully exciting and endearing animals. The spirit and personality of each lizard shines through. 30 min.