The Film & Sequels
An Unforgettable and Vivid Journey into America's Native Past & Present!
In 1824, during the twilight of Native American dominion, two conflicted Ioway leaders met with William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) to sign a momentous treaty. White Cloud (Mahaska) saw cooperation as survival for his people, while Great Walker (Moanahonga) regretted the loss of their ancestral homeland. This pivotal moment led both men to different tragic destinies in their battle with epic change.
Ioway Elders join historians and archaeologists 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. What was a quest for survival in the past, has become a struggle to retain a unique Native American culture and language in the present.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle, the award
winning and critically acclaimed filmmakers of "Villisca: Living with a
Mystery," began shooting "Lost Nation: The Ioway" in July 2005 and
completed the project in the summer of 2007. The project received grants from
Humanities Iowa, the the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Kansas Humanities Council, the
Oklahoma Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Silos and
Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
It was an Official Selection at numerous film festivals, including the Landlocked Film Festival. It won BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Cherokee International Film Festival, the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, and the Iowa Independent Film Festival; Second Place (out of 40 documentaries) in the "Best Documentary" category at the Beloit Independent Film Festival; HONORABLE MENTION at the Archaeology Channel's International Film Festival; a Bronze Telly Award for "Excellence in a Television Documentary".
It was released nationally on DVD in 2008 and was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the Midwest in October and November 2010.
An educational Curriculum Guide to "Lost Nation: The Ioway" was developed and created by Middle School teachers Kathy Jensen and Alice Kurtz and was launched at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in October 2009. The Curriculum Guide integrates social studies, language arts and reading skills for students grades 4th-8th. The goals and objectives of the Curriculum Guide meet Iowa State Standards.
A high school and
college Teacher's Study Guide created by Archaeologist Colin Betts of Luther College is
also available with the film for classroom use.
Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 (in post-production)
The unforgettable story of the Ioway people continues where the award-winning Lost Nation: The Ioway left off in two new one-hour documentary films. When the Ioway are forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to a reservation in Kansas, Ioway leader White Cloud (The Younger), believes his people must relocate to survive. But intermarriage, broken treaties, and the end of communal living leads to a split in 1878 and the establishment of a second Iowa Tribe in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Both tribes endure hardship and challenges to their traditions and culture to achieve successful land claims and self-determination in the turbulent 1970s. Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 brings the Iowa story full circle.
For information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Lost Nation: The Ioway documentary sequel projects, please click here! Thank you for supporting the completion of the Ioway story.
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