GOMA film: ‘The Daughter of Dawn’

White Parker (far left, as White Eagle) and Hunting Horse (second from left, as the Chief) in Norbert A. Myles film of Kiowa and Comanche life, THE DAUGHTER OF DAWN. Shot in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma in 1920 by the Texas Film Company but never theatrically released, a nitrate copy of the film was given in 2004 to a private detective in Georgia in lieu of payment. It was re-patriatriated to the Oklahoma Historical Society who restored the film with the services of Film Technology Company in Los Angeles — the same lab that assisted in UCLA’s restoration of Milestone’s KILLER OF SHEEP.

The Daughter of Dawn
27 September 1pm
GOMA Cinema
Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

With live accompaniment by David Bailey on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ.

Thought to have been lost for over 85 years The Daughter of Dawn 1920, which was restored in 2013, features an entirely Native American cast with members of the Comanche and Kiowa Tribes as well as the son and daughter of legendary Comanche chief Quanah Parker.

The film centres on a love triangle. Interspersed with the scenes of courting and unrequited love are battles, dances, and buffalo hunting. The Texas Film Company shot the film in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma in 1920 with a cast of over 300.

Screening with John Young Deer’s short film White Fawn’s Devotion 1910.

White Fawn’s Devotion 1910 Ages 18+’Most likely the earliest surviving film by a Native American director, this tragic love story of a Native American woman and her white husband was added to the National Film Registry of culturally,historically, or aesthetically significant films in 2008.’ National Museum of the American Indian.


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