Through their fiscal sponsor Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc. (KPTS-PBS), the documentary sequel project Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3 was recently awarded a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC).
When the Ioway are forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands in 1838 to a reservation in Northeast Kansas, Ioway leader White Cloud (The Younger) believes his people must relocate to survive. But intermarriage, broken treaties, and the end of communal living leads to a split in 1878 and the establishment of a second Ioway tribe in Oklahoma. Both tribes endure hardship and challenges to their traditions and culture to achieve successful land claims and self-determination in the1970s. Lost Nation: The Iowa 2&3 brings the Ioway story full circle.
The Ioway join other American Indians, historians, anthropologists and archaeologists to tell the dramatic and true story of the small tribe that once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Pipestone, Minnesota to St. Louis.
The OHC grant will partially fund production in Oklahoma and interviews with Ioway tribal elders, tribal members, scholars and linguists. A special program will also be funded in part by the OHC and the We The People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The Rundles have received film festival awards and critical acclaim for Ioway 1, and their historical documentaries Country School: One Room-One Nation, Villisca: Living with a Mystery. Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3 will be released in 2012, with public television broadcasts and a DVD release to follow. An alternative soundtrack in the nearly extinct Ioway language will be offered on the DVD.
The sequel projects have also received grants from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
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