The award-winning documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 will be showcased at Oakland Mills Nature Center, 2593 Nature Center Drive, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will appear following the FREE screening for Q&A. The special event is sponsored by the Henry County Conservation Department.
Lost Nation: The Ioway 1 was presented at the Center in 2009. Parts 2&3 of the film series continue the Ioway Indians’ dramatic story. When the Ioway were forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland of Iowa in 1837 to a reservation on the border of Nebraska and Northeast Kansas, Ioway leader White Cloud (The Younger) believed his people must relocate to survive. But intermarriage, broken treaties and the end of communal living led to a split in 1878 and the establishment of a second Ioway tribe in Oklahoma. Both tribes endured hardship and challenges to their traditions and culture to achieve successful land claims and self-determination in the 1970s. Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 brings the Ioway story full circle.
Ioway Tribal Elders Linda Big Soldier and Joyce Big Soldier-Miller (Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma) stand with festival director Richard Schinnow at the Iowa Independent Film Festival where "Lost Nation: The Ioway 2" won Best Documentary in 2013.
“I believe all the tribes had their trail of tears, said Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Tribal Elder Joyce Big Soldier-Miller. “They all suffered--all those Indians who made those treks away from their former homelands.”
Ioway artist and scholar Reuben Ironhorse-Kent (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska) appears at a screening of Ioway 2&3 in South Dakota.
“It’s always good to look at the past and remember that it does affect the future,” said Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska tribe member/artist, Reuben IronHorse-Kent. “The ancestors did the best they could with what they had.”
The small tribe once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Pipestone, Minnesota to St. Louis. After the tribe was removed from its land, the 36 million acres it called home was named “Iowa”. Then, the tribe was forgotten.
The Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 films have screened throughout the U.S., and were broadcast on PBS stations in the Midwest. The film series was released nationally on two full-featured DVDs available through Amazon.com and other online retailers. An alternative soundtrack in the nearly extinct Ioway language is included on the DVD. For more information about the Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 visit www.IowayMovie.com. The films contain mature themes and historical images that may be disturbing to young children.
Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3 was partially funded by grants from Humanities Iowa, Kansas Humanities Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Humanities Nebraska, Wisconsin Humanities Council, South Dakota Humanities Council, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To order the award-winning film series visit http://fourthwallfilms.com/dvds.htm.