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Oct. 9, 2007

Museum of Natural History will present film and discussion Oct. 20

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a special viewing of the new documentary film "Lost Nation: The Ioway" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Macbride Hall Auditorium.

The viewing, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a discussion with producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. The screening coincides with the events of Iowa Archaeology Month 2007, which this year focuses on the Ioway Tribe, namesake of the state.

The 56-minute film explores the dramatic true journey of two Iowa brothers who traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1824 to meet with the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. They both signed a treaty that ceded a large portion of their tribal land for Euro-American settlement.

The Rundles, also filmmakers of "Villisca: Living with a Mystery," began shooting "Lost Nation" in the summer of 2005.

"We hope the film will help to restore this chapter of Iowa's rich heritage to public consciousness," Tammy Rundle said. "We can't change events from long ago, but we think viewers will relate to the courage and perseverance of the Ioway as they struggled with forces that changed their lives forever."

The documentary features commentary from an array of scholars, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and Ioway elders. Documentary footage of historic sites, photographs and documents from museums across the country are featured, incorporating music, legends, dances, powwows and reenactments.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lynn M. Alex, Office of the State Archaeologist, 319-384-0561; Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; writer: Brittany Piehl.