A Tale of a Peccary

Overview

Two men stand at the edge of the campsite, talking to each other. There are the sounds of quail and other wildlife. One of the men stops talking to point out a nearby peccary that’s wandering around nearby. He suggests that it might make a decent meal to his fellow, who agrees, saying it reminds him of a wild pig. A servant wanders by, carrying wood for a fire.

Objectives

-Introduce the wildlife living in the area

-Introduce an aspect of life to explorers (for example, food)

-Introduce the surrounding landscape as a whole

Characters:

Two lower-ranked men in the Spanish party. A servant, that is even lower ranked. A wandering peccary.

Map

It would be closer to the evening, when the sun is going down. Natural sounds that would be in the area include the wind blowing through the scrubby landscape, the sounds of quail calling to each other, maybe wild coyotes howling to each other before the night starts up. Other sounds might be the sounds of camp getting set up, fires being set up in the middle of camp and the sounds of the two men talking. The weather is clear, with a little bit of breeze going on there. Maybe the sounds of distant fire crackling?

Image and Sound Bank

Quail Sounds- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nflp8CfivKU

Coyote Sounds- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGENV-RIkx8

Wind- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je-4Okke4BE

Fire with Wind sounds- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqqpcFj8G-s

Someone walking through the desert-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuRMjkH-NuQ

Sequence 1

Timestamp Start: 0:00

Timestamp End: 0:25

Two men standing by a tent, talking to each other. Sounds of the fire/wind in the background, the two are surrounded by scruffy plants.

Background sound of the wind.

Sequence 2

Timestamp Start: 0:26

Timestamp End: 1:00

Men still talking, the servant walks by in the background of the scene. The servant is carrying some of the nearby plants that have been uprooted for the fire.

Sound of wind continues and quail starts up. Quail sounds are random throughout this, every four to seven seconds. The sound of walking through the desert starts with servant’s appearance and ends with his disappearance offscreen.  

Sequence 3

Timestamp Start: 1:01

Timestamp End: 1:12

A peccary enters the pictures.

Wind and quail sounds continue. The crunching of walking starts with the peccary’s appearance.

Sequence 4

Timestamp Start: 1:13

Timestamp End: 1:40

The small animal runs by the two talking men. One of the men remarks on the creature.

On screen text: I hope we’re having one of those for dinner, that pig looked good to eat.

Sound of wind, quail, and crunching through desert

Sequence 5

Timestamp Start: 1:40

Timestamp End: 1:50

The peccary leaves off screen, the men continue talking.

Sounds from past sequence continues, the crunching of walking stops when peccary leaves the picture. The coyote howling starts up about 10 seconds from the end.


Bibliography

Blashfield, Jean F. “Peccaries.” In The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 5th ed., edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 3275-3276. Vol. 6. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. General OneFile (accessed February 20, 2019). http://link.galegroup.com.libproxy.uccs.edu/apps/doc/CX3727801821/ITOF?u=colosprings&sid=ITOF&xid=269ac40e. [An encyclopedia entry on peccary, a native animal to the area.]

Johnsgard, Paul A. Birds of the Great Plains: Breeding Species and Their Distribution. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1979. [A book on the birds living on the great plains, area explored by Coronado.]

Manin, Aurélie, and Christine Lefèvre. “The Use of Animals in Northern Mesoamerica, between the Classic and the Conquest (200-1521 AD). An Attempt at Regional Synthesis on Central Mexico.” Anthropozoologica 51, no. 2 (2016): 127-47. doi:10.5252/az2016n2a5. [Online article on animals commonly used in the area conquered by the Spaniards.]

“Scaled Quail Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.” , All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Accessed February 27, 2019. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Scaled_Quail/id. [Facts on scaled quail.]

Peccaries

Peccaries are wild animals, closely related to the pig. The three subspecies of peccary are all native to the Americas. The Spanish would have never run into animals like peccaries before and most likely would have thought them a type of wild pig. A very small wild pig, much smaller domesticated pigs and wild boar in Europe. Still edible, however, and quite tasty for explorers on the trail. 

Collared Peccary

The three subspecies of peccary are the collared peccary, the white-lipped peccary, and the tagua. Most of my focus has been on the collared peccary, since collared peccaries are native to the area Coronado was exploring. Or more specifically, the area near Arizona and Mexico. 

These little animals feed off of plant shoots and bulbs, digging up whatever food they can. They’re rather shy and stay away from humans whenever possible. It’s possible the Spanish would have run across them mostly by luck at first, and later only when hunting them as another food source. The native peoples would have used peccaries as food often, though not as often as with crops. Peccary would have been more an extra food, rather than a staple. 

Peccary are more in the background of the situation going on than anything else. They would have probably called ‘wild pigs’ if they were called anything at all. Noticed only for the food they provided. They do make sounds but are pretty quiet, overall. 

In conclusion, the peccary do not play a huge role in Coronado’s journey. However, they were there and play a smaller role instead, to provide the necessary background of the situation. 

 

Bibliography:

Blashfield, Jean F. “Peccaries.” In The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 5th ed., edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 3275-3276. Vol. 6. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. General OneFile (accessed February 20, 2019). http://link.galegroup.com.libproxy.uccs.edu/apps/doc/CX3727801821/ITOF?u=colosprings&sid=ITOF&xid=269ac40e. [An encyclopedia entry on peccary, a native animal to the area.]

 

Manin, Aurélie, and Christine Lefèvre. “The Use of Animals in Northern Mesoamerica, between the Classic and the Conquest (200-1521 AD). An Attempt at Regional Synthesis on Central Mexico.” Anthropozoologica 51, no. 2 (2016): 127-47. doi:10.5252/az2016n2a5. [Online article on animals commonly used in the area conquered by the Spaniards.]

 

Geneva Brown, Analysis and Reflections, UCCS