Wednesday, August 3

Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)

For decades, “Daughter of Dawn” was rumored to exist, but was not in any archive and feared to be a lost film. The 1920 multi-reel, feature-length silent film was rediscovered and restored a few years ago.

The story, played by an all-Native American cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches, includes a romantic rivalry, buffalo hunts, a battle, village scenes, dances, deceit, courage, hand-to-hand combat and even a happy ending. The Native American actors, who in 1920 had been living on reservations for less than 50 years, brought with them their own tipis, horses, clothing, and material culture.

The film captures a time period in a very real and authentic way. The imagery from American Indian culture on the Southern Plains is for the most part presented unfiltered. The viewer will see Kiowas and Comanches wearing their traditional clothing without the help of Hollywood wardrobe departments. Besides the scenes on horseback and hunting buffalo, there are scenes of traditional dances being performed that would have been forbidden by the federal government if not for the fact that they were part of the film.

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra was commissioned to compose a new soundtrack for the film, which they will premier in Colorado at this screening.

Running time: 80 minutes.