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1920s silent film, Native American cast get due decades late

By DAVID WARREN
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - The commercial release later this year of a 1920 silent film will offer a rare look at Native American customs long obscured by time.

Film historians say "The Daughter of Dawn" is significant because its cast features about 300 Comanche and Kiowa people.

A damaged copy of the film turned up in North Carolina more than a decade ago and the Oklahoma Historical Society obtained the copy in 2007 and began the yearslong process to restore it.

The 87-minute black-and-white film was shot in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma and portrays a fictional love story that also serves as a record of Native American traditions.

It was originally screened in Los Angeles in October 1920 and depicts scenes of buffalo hunting and ceremonial dances.

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