The Crown of Queen Nzinga
Crown of Queen Nzinga
The crown on the camera-right pedestal.

Production Number

2-27 (67)


August 4, 1994


Red Jaguars


Benjamin & Renee

Artifact Location

The Lightning Room

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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The Crown of Queen Nzinga is the 67th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 58th episode to be aired.

Moat Crossing

In this moat crossing, teammates cross the water simultaneously by swinging on multiple "ancient Babylonian wheels."

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Red Jaguars 0:40
2nd Green Monkeys 0:42
3rd Silver Snakes 0:49
4th Purple Parrots 0:57

Steps of Knowledge

One of the greatest African leaders in the 1600's was the Queen of the Ndongo Tribe, Nzinga. When she was young, her brother sent her to make a treaty with the Portuguese Governor in Luanda, the capital of modern Angola.

"Be strong," he said, "because the Portuguese are treacherous."

When she arrived, the Governor, on his throne, waited for her to speak. "Do you not offer me a place to sit?" asked Nzinga.

"That is for equals," said the Governor. "You are not my equal."

"I am an emissary of the King of Ndongo, and I am your equal."

Nzinga clapped her hands, and one of her attendants knelt down on all fours. She sat on his back and proposed a treaty. By the end of her visit, they made the treaty on her terms. When her brother died, Nzinga became queen, and for over thirty years, she kept her people free. Legend has it that her grateful subjects treasured her crown long after she died.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was Queen Nzinga…?
  • Tibetan
  • African
  • Indian
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these people did Queen Nzinga lead?
  • The Watusi
  • The Zulus
  • The Ndongo
Green Monkeys (The Dingo - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these European countries did Queen Nzinga deal with?
  • Spain
  • Portugal
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these did Nzinga make with the Portuguese?
  • A Treaty
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did Nzinga live in…?
  • The 1600s
  • The 1400s
Red Jaguars (Correct - 1 step left)
In which of these cities did Nzinga make a treaty?
  • Luanda
Purple Parrots (Correct - 1 step left)
Is Luanda today the capital of…?
  • Modern Angola
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these ancient civilizations grew up on the banks of the Nile?
  • The Babylonian
  • The Egyptian
  • The American
Purple Parrots (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of these canals separates Africa from the Arabian Peninsula?
  • The Suez
  • The Erie
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Purple Parrots are Tracy, who wanted to be a technical engineer and does gymnastics, and Robbie, who is interested in paleontology. The Red Jaguars are Benjamin, who does basketball and water skiing, and Renee, who plays tennis, wanted to be a doctor, and does dance.

Snake Worship (Squirting Statue)

In Queen Nzinga's time, many Africans worshiped animals - some even worshiped snakes like the giant ones before Benjamin and Tracy by bringing it offerings of jewels. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to grab a jewel, shinny up the snake's body, and place it on its hood. For each jewel placed, he/she had to run back to the starting point and start again. They had to hold on very tight as the snakes would be squirting them. The player with the most jewels on the snake's hood in 60 seconds won. Benjamin won the game after placing three jewels on the snake's hood, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Quadruple Crown (Bungee Ceiling)

When her brother died, Nzinga was crowned queen by the Ndongo people. Renee and Robbie's task was to crown themselves not once, but four times. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to grab a rope in each hand and pull themselves up to the crowns on the ceiling. Once at the top, they then each had to grab a crown, place it on their head, and float back down. The player to bring down all four crowns or the player to bring down the most crowns in 60 seconds won. Robbie won the game after getting three crowns, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Portuguese Soldiers (Sack Swing)

Queen Nzinga kept the Portuguese out of her country for over thirty years. The teams' task was to defeat the army before them just like how Nzinga defeated the Portuguese. One player was suspended in a sack, and when Kirk gave the signal, his/her partner had to swing them at a soldier statue. The team to knock down all three of their soldiers or the team with the most soldiers knocked down in 60 seconds won. The Red Jaguars knocked down their last soldier with 19 seconds of spare time, awarding them a full pendant of life and sending them to Olmec's Temple with 1½ pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Red Jaguars Won Lost Won 1½ Pendants
Purple Parrots Lost Won Lost ½ Pendant

Temple Run

Benjamin started in the Crypt. He failed to pull all of the books and headed down into the Ledges. He continued on the bottom floor and met back to back temple guards in the Laser Light Room and the Swamp. Renee followed Benjamin's path directly. However, while entering the Dark Forest, Renee passed up the half pendant and was captured by a temple spirit.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Triple Seizure (1:07 left)
Temple Guard Locations

The Laser Light Room

The Swamp

The Dark Forest

Half Pendant Location The Swamp

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