This film is a dramatization showing the seriousness of tuberculosis among native American Navajo tribes. The Navajo have a proud tradition of facing their enemies; today the foe is TB. Slow-Talker believes in the old ways, while young Robert thinks the natives can learn from the white man. Robert chooses to attend boarding school away from the reservation, where he is later found to have TB and is sent to a sanatorium to recover. After he is well, the doctor who diagnosed him explains the disease in detail, so that Robert can take the information back to his people and help them adopt practices that will prevent TB, and properly treat it when it does occur. Another young native man, Don, becomes very ill with TB, alarming members of his family including Slow-Talker. With Robert's encouragement, Slow-Talker and others choose to be tested for TB and begin to accept modern approaches to prevention and treatment.
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Black and white
Howard Gorman, Sammy Day, Geraldine H. Birdsbill, Richard Hogner, John Brown.
W.W. Peter ; director, Edgar G. Ulmer ; camera, Robert Cline ; sound, Clarence Townsend ; consultant, Ruth Underhill ; editor, H.E. Mandl ; story, Harry E. Kleinschmidt.
Received: Apr. 25, 1955 as a donation from the National Tuberculosis Association.