- a ritual dance performed by some North American Indians to invoke supernatural assistance as for driving out disease.
Origin of medicine dance
First recorded in 1800–10
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It was but the "medicine-dance" of a very old Greek tribal settlement, perhaps from the first with an ethical element.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
One speaks of the medicine-dance with respect; another smiles at the name.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
I have also indicated the closest of all known parallels to the Eleusinian in a medicine-dance and legend of the Pawnees.The Homeric Hymns
The tune they sung to the Medicine-dance of the Loucheux, struck me as being soft and pretty.