Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will present their new critically-acclaimed documentaries "Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3" on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Smith-Curtis Administration Building, Callen Conference Center in Lincoln, NE. This special Humanities Nebraska screening event is free to the public. Dr. Ronald Naugle, Wesleyan Professor Emeritus of History, was interviewed for the film and will take part in Q&A after the screenings.
Parts 2&3 of the three-part film series begins in 1837 when the Ioway were forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland of Iowa in to a reservation on the border of Nebraska and Northeast Kansas. New 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 dramatic Ioway story full circle.
“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.”
“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. “The ancestors did the best they could with what they had.”
Ioway Elders and tribal members join other 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 takes its name from the Ioway Tribe.
The films contain mature themes and historical images that may be disturbing to young children.
“You are bound to be moved by these beautiful films. The Rundles expertly capture the oral history, the people you won’t soon forget and their past that must not be forgotten.” said Quad City Times Film Critic Linda Cook who gave the documentaries 4-out-of-4 stars.
The "Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3" film project and public program was funded in part by a grant from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Any views, findings, recommendations or conclusions expressed in these films and program do not necessarily represent those of Humanities Nebraska or the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska’s heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen our ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.