Witness Morgan Jackson’s animated storytelling style as he shares the engaging tale of an elephant in a hole.
Hi. My name is Morgan Jackson. I’m the director of Faith Comes By Hearing and I want to tell you a story. One of my favorite stories is from Africa and it’s the story of a Pygmy.
In the jungle area, there was a tribe of Pygmies. And among this tribe of Pygmies, there was this one hunter – there was a young man – but he was the most powerful of all the hunters. So, whenever they went out to hunt, it was his spear or it was his arrow that actually killed the animal.
But when they would come back in – you know, they’d have it tied to this pole – and they would be coming back in and they’d be singing, as Africans do to encourage themselves. And they would be singing, “Look at the antelope we have killed! Look at the antelope . . .”
And all the women would come out all excited, “Look at the antelope they have killed!” And this young guy would get kind of upset, because none of these women knew that it was him. He was the hunter; he had killed it. And so, after some time, he decided that he was going to kill the largest animal in the forest: the elephant.
So he knew where the elephant trail was and so he started digging this pit. Took months, and he dug this pit. Every day, the elephant would go around the pit, and he started digging it deep enough. He got the stakes in the ground, sharpened. And then, one day, he had it all done.
So in the night he covered it with all the branches, and the leaves and the dust. And early in the morning he went down to the river where the elephant was. And when the elephant was drinking, he jumped out of a bush with a pot: Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! He starts beating it, and the elephant’s running, looking behind him, and this little guy’s behind him: Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! And the elephant’s running and so he doesn’t see the pit. And so – Boom! – he goes into the pit.
And the little guy’s all excited, you know. He’s got it; he killed the elephant. But now he’s got a problem; he’s got an elephant in the hole. So he’s like, “What do I do?”
So he runs back to the village, sneaks into all the different huts to get the men. “Shhh, shhh.” He doesn’t want anybody to know. “Shhh. Uh, hey, hey; we got an elephant.” So each guy’s, “What?”
So one guy grabs a machete; one guy grabs a hatchet; one guy grabs a rope – all grabbing their stuff – and they’re running through the forest, and they come and here is this elephant!
Elephant steaks! I mean barbeque!
They’re all working and digging and cutting trees and putting things in, getting ropes underneath it, and they’re pulling and shoving, and they start encouraging themselves with singing. So they start pulling and they start singing, “Look at the elephant we have killed!” [grunt] “Look at the elephant we have killed!” [grunt]
And they get it almost all the way out of the hole, and this little guy just can’t stand it. He starts yelling, “Look at my elephant! It’s my elephant! Look at my . . .”
And all the guys drop the rope. [sound effect] Boom! And the elephant [sound effect] hits the ground and they’re looking at him, and he goes, “Oh no, no, no! No, no, it’s our elephant! It’s our elephant!”
So everybody’s like, “Oh, okay!” So they pick back up the ropes; they get the levers back in place. They start pulling and pulling and pulling, and then, to encourage themselves, they start singing. Just as they get it to the top, they’re singing, “Look at the elephant we have killed! Look at the elephant we have killed!”
And they get it almost to the top, and this young guy can’t handle it anymore. “Look at my elephant! It’s my elephant!” he starts yelling.
And everybody’s going, “What?” and they drop all the ropes. [sound effects] One guy grabs his machete, another guy grabs his rope, the other guy grabs his shovel, and all of them leave him with his elephant.
Now, we have an elephant in a hole. We still have 1,000 languages that need to be recorded. We have 1,010 portions that need to be recorded in the next five years. But it’s not MY elephant – it is OUR elephant. And if you’ll bring your machete, your skills, your tools, we’re gonna get that elephant out of the hole. Thank you!