Statue of Ioway leader No Heart of Fear in Perkins, OK
The South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3, two new historical documentary film sequels produced by award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, a media grant through their fiscal sponsor Native Languages of the Americas.
The documentary sequel continues the Ioway Native American story in 1837, where Lost Nation: The Ioway 1 left off. The two films will be released on a single DVD in November 2012. As with Ioway 1, the DVD will feature an alternative soundtrack in the endangered Ioway language.
The SDHC grant will fund a portion of the cost of gathering footage at Blood Run Native American Historical Site in South Dakota, as well as document other South Dakota ties to the Ioway tribe.
The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. As a steward of the state's cultural awareness and heritage, the Council cultivates statewide interest in South Dakota history, literature and other related humanities subjects, while stimulating an interest in the state's place as part of the universal human experience. This programming vision forms the core mission of SDHC "to support and promote the exchange of ideas to foster a thoughtful and engaged society." The SDHC is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Native Languages of the Americas is a small non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of Native American languages, particularly through the use of Internet technology. The website is a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and the people that speak them.