Caroline Frick, executive director,
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image,
"The Daughter of Dawn"
Produced by the Dallas-based Texas Film Company, director Norbert Myles’ silent drama The Daughter of Dawn was shot in 1920 in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma with a cast of 300 members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes. Myles’ film, which follows two Kiowa braves fighting for the daughter of the tribal chief, was long considered lost until a nitrate print was found in 2005. The Oklahoma Historical Society restored the film and added an orchestral score by Comanche composer David Yeagley. In 2013, the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry selected The Daughter of Dawn for preservation. The Austin-based Texas Archive of the Moving Image, the Austin Film Society, and Humanities Texas present the Texas premiere of the restored The Daughter of Dawn at 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre. Texas Archive of the Moving Image executive director Caroline Frick and Northern Arizona University Professor of Electronic Media and Film Janna Jones will then participate in a post-screening discussion about the onscreen portrayal of Native Americans.
Aired: Jan. 22, 2015
Web sites: http://www.texasarchive.org/, http://www.austinfilm.org/, and http://www.okhistory.org/research/daughterofdawn