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Fourth Wall Films – Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 Screening

Event Details

July 21, 2013 2:00 PM — July 21, 2013 4:30 PM
Location: DeWitt Operahouse Theater
712 6th Avenue
DeWitt, Iowa
Contact Name: Kelly & Tammy Rundle, Producers, Fourth Wall Films, Moline, Illinois
Email: FourthWallFilms@aol.com
Phone: 309-797-0544
Website: www.IowayMovie.com

Event Description

The dramatic story of the Ioway Indians comes full circle in two new films by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle.  Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3, the latest in their award-winning three-part documentary series, will be showcased at the DeWitt Operahouse Theater, 712 6th Avenue, DeWitt, Iowa, Sunday, July 21, 2013, 2:00-4:30 p.m.  Q&A with the Rundles, of Fourth Wall Films, will follow the screenings.

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 the1970s.

“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 Elders and tribal members join Native scholars, historians, archaeologists and anthropologists 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 state of Iowa is named for the Ioway Tribe.

“It’s always good to look at the past and remember that it does affect the future,” said Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska tribal member Reuben Ironhorse-Kent.  “Our ancestors did the best they could with what they had.”

“We have had so many people come up to us following screenings to say that every Iowan should see the films,” said producer Tammy Rundle.  “It was a very difficult and emotional story to hear and to tell.”

Tammy and Kelly Rundle are honorary members of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 is presented as part of the DeWitt Operahouse Theater’s monthly Friends Love Films Independent Film Series.  Tickets are $5.  The documentary films have a combined running time of 110 minutes and they contain mature themes and historical images that may be disturbing to young children.

Ioway 2&3 will continue screening throughout the U.S. and the two films will be released on a single full-featured DVD in July 2013.  An alternative soundtrack in the nearly extinct Ioway language will be among several special bonus features on the DVD.

Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3 was funded in part by grants from Humanities Iowa, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, the Kansas Humanities Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Humanities Nebraska, Wisconsin Humanities Council, South Dakota Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 visit www.IowayMovie.com.

Photographs available upon request.