March 26, 2008

4-star Ioway documentary

Iowa Tribe Documentary To Debut In Perkins

Award Winning Filmakers Started Film in 2005Film critic Linda Cook of the Quad City Times gave "Lost Nation: The Ioway" 4-out-of-4 stars and said, "The Rundle's "Ioway" is perfectly complete... A fantastic documentary... You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this film."

"Lost Nation" tells the dramatic true story of two brothers' struggle to save their people from inevitable American conquest, and the Ioway's current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture.
And:"We hope the film will help to restore this chapter of Native American history to public consciousness," Producer Tammy Rundle said. "We can't change events from long ago, but we think viewers will relate to the courage and perseverance of the Ioway as they struggled with forces that changed their lives forever."

The film brings together commentary from Ioway Tribal Elders and Tribal Members, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, Ioway Tribal Elders, along with new footage of historic sites, historical photographs, documents, Ioway music, legends, dances, powwows, reenactments, and art from the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma and other national museums.
Comment:  I've found that few documentaries are as good as people say they are. But maybe this one is the exception.

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