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Tango0121 Aug 2012 12:53 p.m. PST

This is REAL.
Amazing film showing a indian buffalo hunting and much more.
"…an 80 minutes feature film, was shot in july pf 1920 in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, southwest Oklahoma. It was unique in the annals of silent film (or talkies, for that matter) for having a cast of 300 Comanches and Kiowas who brought their own clothes, horses, tipis, everyday props and who told their story without a single reference to the United States Cavalry. It was a love story, a four-person star-crossed romance that ends with the two main characters together happily ever after. There are two buffalo hunt sequences with actual herds of buffalo being chased down by hunters on bareback just as they had done on the Plains 50 years earlier.
The male lead was played by White Parker; another featured female role was played by Wanada Parker. They were the son and daughter of the powerful Comanche chief Quanah Parker, the last of the free Plains Quahadi Comanche warriors. He never lost a battle to United States forces, but, his people sick and starving, he surrendered at Fort Sill in 1875. Quanah was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, the daughter of Euro-American settlers who had grown up in the tribe after she was kidnapped as a child by the Comanches who killed her parents. She was the model for Stands With a Fist in Dances with Wolves.

Written and directed by Norbert Myles, an opinionated, hot-tempered West Virginian whose conflicts with studio bigwigs led him to seek work outside of Hollywood, the movie was produced by the fledgling Texas Film Company whose founder, Richard E. Banks, had worked and lived with Indians for 25 years. It was Banks who ensured the script told an authentic story from the perspective of the Plains peoples instead of the already clichéd cowboys-vs.-Indians shoot-em-ups.

In one scene a young buffalo bumps into one of the riders. The Kiowa is knocked from his horse to the rocky terrain of the Wichita Mountains area.

"The rider just gets back up, and goes on," said Matt Reed, a curator at the Oklahoma Museum of History. "You're like, ‘Wow, you're in a breechcloth and moccasins and riding at full speed you just fell from a horse and it didn't even faze you.' These are some tough, tough people."

According to the October 17, 1920, issue of the influential industry trade magazine Motion Picture News, an exclusive preview of The Daughter of Dawn had been shown earlier that week at the College Theater in Los Angeles to great critical acclaim. It was an "original and breath-taking adventure" which had "hardly been duplicated before." Notwithstanding the fine notices, there's no evidence that the movie was ever distributed any further.#


Hope you enjoy!.


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2012 2:36 p.m. PST

Impressive film. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Armand.


Tango0121 Aug 2012 3:30 p.m. PST

Happy you had enjoy it my dear friend!!


Personal logo mmitchell Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Aug 2012 3:30 p.m. PST

Sounds cool. Think I'll pour me some beer and take a look-see later this weekend.

Tango0123 Aug 2012 11:14 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy the film my friend!.


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