Describe what happens in mime of the lost traveler?

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The mime of the lost traveler chronicles a foreign photographer's expedition to Ilujinle and his short stay in the village. Lakunle plays the role of the traveler who is driving through the bush when his car suddenly stalls. Unable to fix his broken vehicle, the foreigner takes his helmet, camera, and flask with him and begins hiking through the jungle. While he is hiking, the traveler rests his head on a tree, only to have a slithering snake scare him. He runs to get away from the snake and takes a swig of whiskey to calm his nerves when he is at a safe distance. Then, a monkey drops down onto his path and a lion roars from the jungle. The traveler fears for his life and begins to chug his whiskey. He becomes intoxicated and swats at flies as he curses the jungle. Soon after, the foreigner hears the voice of a female and thinks that he is suffering from sun-stroke. When he finishes his whiskey he randomly throws his flask in the direction of the sound. He hears a splash and the sound of someone screaming. The traveler decides to walk quietly to see who is making the noises as he peers through the brush. He begins taking numerous pictures and plants his foot carelessly, and falls into a pool of water. Sidi appears on stage wearing nothing but a small piece of cloth. The traveler is soaked, but still has his camera, and soon, an angry group of villagers arrive to take him to the 'Odan' tree. Baroka appears and shows sympathy to the lost traveler despite the villager's wrath. The Bale gives him new clothes and orders a feast in his honor. The villagers of Ilujinle give him copious amounts of alcohol and he takes numerous photographs of the party and Sidi. The lost traveler eventually becomes sick from the alcohol and rushes off the stage with his hand to his mouth, ending the mime scene.

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The Lion and the Jewel

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