The opening scene of the 1920 silent film, "Daughter of Dawn," by Norbert Myles. The film was rediscovered and restored by the Oklahoma State Historical Society, Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director. The musical score was composed by Dr. David A. Yeagley (Comanche). Dr. Yeagley was commissioned by the Oklahoma State Historical Society, December 12, 2007. The music was performed and recorded by the Oklahoma City University Philharmonic, Benjamin Nilles, Conducting.
Discovery of Long-Lost Silent Film With All-Indian Cast Has Historians Reeling
This wildly ambitious project had an all-Native cast, just one cameraman, no costumes, no lighting, no props and wild buffalo. The Indians, who had been on the reservation less than 50 years, brought with them their own tipis, horses and gear. Featured in the film were White Parker, Esther LeBarre, Hunting Horse, Jack Sankeydoty and Wanada Parker, daughter of Quanah Parker, a Comanche chief and one of the founders of the Native American Church movement.
Once descendants of the Kiowa and Comanche cast members were identified, Blackburn arranged to screen The Daughter of Dawn for the families in the Oklahoma towns of Anadarko, Carnegie and Lawton. “There were tears,” he recalls. “They recognized an aunt or a grandparent, and out of that conversation came recognition of the tipi used in the film. It was very powerful for them to see family members who were pre-reservation wearing their own clothing and using family heirlooms that had been brought out of trunks. It was very emotional for them.”
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Published on 29 Aug 2012 by MemekasOnawayuExcerpt from THE DAUGHTER OF DAWN, entitled "Sepia Blue Night." Sample Film Music Scoring by Brent Michel Davids. "Sepia Blue Night" is a clip from the feature film "The Daughter of Dawn" (1920), written and directed by Norbert Miles and produced by the nonextant Texas Film Company. The film was refurbished by the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Oklahoma Historical Society. The clip's original music is copyright by Brent Michael Davids, ©2007. [read more here]