No, this is not a Native American ritual. It is something California farmers do on occasion. Here is the setting:
- Must be outdoors (warm weather is usually best).
- Must be involved in some farm chore like shoveling standpipes or stacking wood or hoeing weeds.
- Must be wearing jeans or long pants and work boots.
Here are the steps:
- Cease chore immediately (drop shovel, wood, or hoe).
- Stand erect with a surprised expression on your face.
- Quickly bend over and grab pant leg (near the crotch).
- Work your hands down the leg and hold on for dear life.
- If possible, undo belt buckle with one hand and pull pants down.
- If not possible call for help from another person or hop to the house for help with step 5 from your nearest family member to escape embarrassment.
- Gingerly remove lizard from pants.
- Set said lizard free after laying it on its back and stroking its blue belly.
- Pull pants back on and buckle belt.
- Pick up shovel or hoe, etc.
- Return to farm chore.
This dance is only performed on rare occasion (thankfully) when conditions are just right. Have you ever done the lizard dance or something similar? Do share!