Ryan Gonzales sings all parts of the Auction Scene by Janis Contway 

AUCTIONEER
Today come bid, simply raise your hand.
Now what am I bid for this fine specimen black man? (Holds Benjamin's mouth open and encourages the bidders to look at his teeth)
No one bids.

AUCTIONEER
Well come on folks.  Here we go.  Let's hear an offer for this fine young negro.

DEERKILLER
(Raises his hand) I bid one bale of fine Georgia cotton.

AUCTIONEER
Fine Georgia cotton from this wild savage man. I will have to hold the cotton in my fine gentleman’s hand.

ANIWAKE:
Georgia cotton is the finest in the world.

Deerkiller shows a sample of the cotton to the Auctioneer.

AUCTIONEER
Sold! Sold to the Indian brave for one bale of fine Georgia cotton. (Leads Benjamin to Deerkiller then he leads a black female to the auction block, Benjamin tries to break from his shackles to get to her, but is restrained by the Auctioneer)

BENJAMIN
(Trying to get out of the shackles, screams)

That my Priscilla. My wife.

Deerkiller is surprised and Aniwake is concerned.

BIDDER
For this woman whose man soon will be forgotten, I bid one bale of Carolina cotton.

BENJAMIN
No!

ANIWAKE
There is no honor in taking a man from his wife. We cannot take this man and leave his wife to be owned by these men.

Benjamin continues to struggle.

DEERKILLER
I cannot harvest alone. And we have no more cotton.

BIDDER
I bid two bales of fine Carolina cotton.

AUCTIONEER
I have a bid of two bales of Carolina cotton.

Benjamin strains at his shackles.

ANIWAKE
This is wrong. It must be made right. The man takes the black man's wife.

DEERKILLER
For a bid, we have no more cotton.

AUCTIONEER
Do I hear another bid? Going once. Going twice…

ANIWAKE
(Holds up her cloth) I bid eight brightly colored tightly woven blankets.

AUCTIONEER
Let me see the cloth, offered by the squaw.

DEERKILLER
(Takes Aniwake's cloth and holds it up)
This is the finest cloth from any loom in the Cherokee nation.

Bidders look at the cloth and mumble among themselves.

AUCTIONEER
Sold! Sold the Indian squaw for eight brightly colored blankets.

Captain leads Priscilla to Aniwake. Priscilla stands next to Benjamin still in shackles. Aniwake goes to them to remove the shackles, but Deerkiller takes her arm.

DEERKILLER
Come Aniwake. Wait. Wait until the eyes no longer follow us.

(The two couples exit together)

 

 

 

Aniwake and Deerkiller establish a home and attend an auction.

Believing Justice Marshall's decision assures Cherokee security, Deerkiller builds a cabin and together, he and Aniwake establish a home. 

Deerkiller plants cotton and when their crop becomes too large for them to harvest alone, they travel to auction with bales of cotton and the blankets Aniwake has woven on a loom from the mission. 

At auction, Aniwake and Deerkiller trade their entire cotton crop for the African slave, Benjamin.  The next slave on the auction block is Benjamin's wife, Pricilla.  When she is being purchased by a distant Carolina plantation owner, Benjamin becomes distraught knowing he will never see his wife again. 

To keep the couple together, Aniwake bids her blankets and wins Priscilla.  The couples quietly leave for the cabin where they work together in the cotton fields to become partners and friends.

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