The documentary also has been shown and well-received at several film festivals where pre-World War II documentaries scarcely get any notice.
But most of all, it has helped bring attention to a part of history that generally had been forgotten: the Ioway, an American Indian tribe from which the state received its name. Previously, one book written about the tribe constituted its documented history.
“People see this film and wonder, ‘Why didn’t I know about this story before?’” said Kelly Rundle, who is based in Moline with his wife and fellow filmmaker. “Particularly Iowans are that way. It’s a great story and something they should have known about but didn’t.”