Indian Country Today
Discovery of Long-Lost Silent Film With All-Indian Cast Has Historians Reeling
How a silent film featuring an all-Native cast came to be made, lost (seemingly forever), discovered nearly a century later (in shambles), then restored and shown to the cast’s descendants is one of the most fascinating stories in the annals of American filmmaking. The Daughter of Dawn, which had its world premiere in June at the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, may be the only all-Native cast silent film ever made.
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Nothing directly to do with Melungeons, of course, but with Melungeon Indian ancestry now being blithely dismissed, the day may come when it must be rediscovered after being seemingly lost forever.