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Edited film shot in the Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. A "medicine dance" is depicted among the !Kung and the role of (dancing/supernatural potency) in healing and in warding off evil forces is explained. Women are shown sitting on the ground, clapping and singing and occasionally dancing a round or two, while men circle around them, singing and stamping rhythms with their feet. Several !Kung men are seen in different levels of trance, a state associated , (healing power within a curer). Film is made from footage shot in conjunction with the 1957 expedition supported by the Peabody Museum of Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution.