The Dance Of The Kalahari Kung

Last Updated on June 2, 2020 by

The Kung people of the Kalahari desert are a hunter gather group whose culture goes back at least as far as the Pleistocene period. The Kung are also a nomadic group moving their camps as the seasons change and dictate. Rather than making up one large community the kung, as a whole, are made up of smaller groups that occupy the Dobe area of the Kalahari desert in South Africa.

Although the Kung live in separate camps they have a large understanding of community. Any member of one camp can freely walk into another camp to visit friends and relatives. This communal tie is greatest during the healing dance when people from many camps can come together to dance, sing or just to enjoy the atmosphere that is experienced during the dance.