Contributed by Fourth Wall Films
RICHLAND CENTER—Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the Emmy®-nominated documentary “Country School: One Room-One Nation” and the award-winning “Lost Nation: The Ioway 1,” will present their new critically acclaimed documentaries “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Center City Auditorium, 182 N. Central Ave., Richland Center. This special Wisconsin Humanities Council event is free to the public and co-sponsored by the Richland County Performing Arts Council and the Richland County Historical Society. Mark Cupp, president of Cultural Landscape Legacies, provided an on-camera interview for the film and will join the filmmakers for Q&A after the screenings.
Parts 2&3 of the three-part film series begins where “Ioway 1” left off: in 1837, when the Ioway were forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland of Iowa in to a reservation on the border of Nebraska and northeastern 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 the1970s. “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, Minn., to St. Louis. The Ioway tribe’s early history has ties to various locations throughout Wisconsin. The state of Iowa takes its name from the Ioway tribe.
“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 Wisconsin Humanities Council event will feature the two 50-minute documentaries followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and Muscoda’s Mark Cupp, president of Cultural Landscape Legacies, whose mission is to provide education, protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of the indigenous people who left their legacy on the landscape of the Upper Midwest.
The films contain mature themes and historical images that may be disturbing to young children.
“Ioway 2&3” will continue screening throughout the country and the two films will be released on a single full-featured DVD in May. An alternative soundtrack in the nearly extinct Ioway language will be offered on the DVD. Broadcasts on Midwestern PBS stations are slated for fall 2013.
For more information about the “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3,” visit www.IowayMovie.com.