Crowds of visitors gathered at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa on Saturday, July 12th to meet and talk to Ioway Sarita McGowan and Lakota Stu Huntley, who spent the day sharing information about their Native American culture through dance.
Stu demonstrated a grass style dance to audiences. Sarita danced for a full room of attendees throughout the day. For many, the opportunity to join the dancers in the circle was the highlight of the event.
Children and adults alike learned about language, tools and foodways of the Native American culture which gave Iowa its name.
A number of Ioway Culture Day attendees talked with filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle about their experiences in creating the documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2&3. Viewers got a rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes footage from the award-winning films.
"It was a wonderful day and fun to revisit the work we had gathered over seven years," said Tammy Rundle. The Rundles talked to audiences about the 2007 premiere of Ioway 1 and the 200 Ioway from both tribes attending the special event at the State Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa.
"It gave us an opportunity to talk about the gifts that were presented by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma to the People of the State of Iowa at the governor's office the day following the premiere. Those items were given to be be seen by Iowans, and to date I don't think they have been displayed."
Attendees also got a chance to see pottery by Ioway Reuben IronHorse-Kent (Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska) and artwork by Ioway artists Lance Foster (Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska) and Jean Bales (Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Jean has passed away).
To purchase your copy of the Lost Nation: The Ioway DVD series, visit http://iowaymovie.com/dvd.htm.