The Daughter of Dawn 1920
The Daughter of Dawn is unique in a number of ways. Made in 1920, it was never commercially released, and believed lost until a print was discovered in 2005. It was finally released in 2012, ninety-eight years after it was made, which has to be the longest period ever between completion of filming and release date. The Daughter of Dawn also features no white characters at all, and the entire cast is made up of Kiowa and Commanche Indians.
There is a conflicted love story centered around the Daughter of Dawn (a Kiowa woman named Esther Lebarre), who is the daughter of the Kiowa chief (played by a non-actor named Hunting Horse). She is in love with a warrior named White Eagle, played by White Parker, who was the real-life son of Quanah Parker, the chief of the Comanche tribe. Conflict arises when another man vies for the attention of the Daughter of Dawn. Jealousy, betrayal, great feats of courage, a Comanche attack, and a huge bison hunt follow on the path to the requisite happy ending.

BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:18:40 | 22.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles
Subtitles: none
Genre: Western, Silent

Director: Norbert A. Myles
Cast: Belo Cozad, Em-koy-e-tie, Hunting Horse
Country: USA

• Introduction by Dr. Bob Blackburn (4:39)
• Finding the Film: (Bill Moore, Oklahoma Historical Society) (5:56)
• Heritage: Darren Twohatchet, Comanche (7:48)
• Heritage: Dorothy Whitehorse: Kiowa (6:28)
• Magdalena Becker: (William D. Welge, Oklahoma Historical Society) (3:35)
• The Music Score: (Mark Parker, Oklahoma City, University School of Music) (3:52)
• The Music Score: (Benjamin Nilles, Oklahoma City University Symphony) (3:02)
• The Music Score: (John Cross, Oklahoma City, University School of Music) (3:50)

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