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The Daughter of Dawn

Directed by Norbert A. Myles

Part of INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present

“A buried American treasure.” —NPR

After a limited run in the early 1920s, The Daughter of Dawn was thought be lost until the recent discovery and restoration of a nitrate print. Shot in the summer of 1920 in southwest Oklahoma, the film features more than 300 members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes. Their personal objects were integrated into the story of two suitors vying for the affections of the Kiowa chief’s daughter. 1920, US, silent with musical score, 87 minutes.

A live musical score by Michael Wilson and Jonathan Ford accompanies the screening.

Thank you to Linda Eagle Speaker for giving a blessing in advance of the screening.

Ticket Discounts

For information about discounted tickets for individuals and groups, please contact Alison Kozberg (Alison.kozberg@walkerart.org) at least one business day before the screening.

About the Artists

Michael Wilson (piano, synthesizer, percussion, bass, turntables) is an avid proponent of getting more bass into more music. His career highlights include opening for Buffy Ste Marie, coheadlining the closing event of the long-running local sound system Jungle Vibe Collective, bouncing around Indian Country as a singer and second lead on several powwow drums, and mentoring a group of young men in the orthodox stylings of Anishinaabe drum culture. Current projects include membership in electro-oligarchy the Venkmenn, live industrial break core as b1tr0t, and coproducer and mix engineer for IIFM’s the Coyote Way. Wilson also DJs under the moniker emdub.

Jonathan Ford is an enthusiast of sound, coffee, and “various flavors of geekery.” He began playing guitar, programming drums, and making awkward noises on a synthesizer as a teenager, and later studied theater, cultural studies, and music in college while working part-time in a computer lab. Since 2001, Ford has composed music and soundscapes for various theater and performance art pieces. He has performed live noisy electro and released three albums under the moniker Dissociate. He throws down as part of the Venkmenn and also plays guitar for the prog-rock band Rear Window.