April 27, 2013 -- Fort Larned Program Moved to Larned Community Center
The annual Fort Larned Old Guard program scheduled at Fort Larned National Historic Site during the afternoon of April 27 will be presented at the Larned Community Center , 1500 Toles Rd , located one block east and one block north of the 4-Way Stop on Highways 56 & 156. The move is required because expected attendance is greater than seating capacity at Fort Larned . There is plenty of room at the Community Center, and everyone is invited to the afternoon presentations and the evening movie. There is no admission charge.
Visitors coming for the events are encouraged to visit Fort Larned National Historic Site during the morning hours and for the retreat ceremony following the afternoon session.
The schedule for events at Larned Community Center:
1:00 pm: -- Comanches and Kiowas, and Fort Larned -- Tim Zwink, Historian, Oklahoma Historical Society.
2:15 pm: -- History of the Tipi with Battle Pictures -- Matt Reed, curator, Oklahoma Historical Society. This Tipi is featured in the movie.
3:45 pm: Fort Larned Old Guard Membership Meeting -- An Hisitorically Significant Presentation will be made at this meeting. Don't miss it!
4:30 pm: Fort Larned Retreat Ceremony, at Fort Larned National Historic Site.
6:30 pm: (Doors Open) -- Larned Community Center Free Admission
7:00 p.m.: Kansas premier showing of the movie, The Daughter of Dawn, with introduction and commentary by Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society, and Vanessa Jennings, Kiowa Nation.
The Daughter of Dawn features a cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches who brought their own clothes, horses, Tipis and everyday belongings to make this movie. The male lead was played by White Parker and one of the main female roles was played by Wanada Parker, both children of the great Comanche Chief Quanah Parker. One writer called it an "original and breath-taking adventure"
Discovery of Long-Lost Silent Film With All-Indian Cast Has Historians Reeling
Jordan Wright -- August 28, 2012
How a silent film featuring an all-Native cast came to be made, lost (seemingly forever), discovered nearly a century later (in shambles), then restored and shown to the cast's descendants is one of the most facinating stories in the annals of American filmmaking. The Daughter of Dawn, which had it world premiere in June 2012 at the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City, may be the only all Native cast silent film ever made.
The movie's restoration is still a work in progress but do not miss the extraordinary opportunity to view this historical masterpiece.
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