‘Daughter of Dawn’ back by popular demand

Bartlesville Area History Museum will offer a second opportunity to view “The Daughter of Dawn,” on Monday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the history museum, located on the fifth floor of City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave.

This non-fiction motion picture first screened in the fall of 1920 in Los Angeles, Calif., “The Daughter of Dawn” was previewed by an audience in the historic College Theater. One film critic declared it “(a)n original and breathtaking adventure … hardly duplicated before.”

Actor/director Norbert A. Myles directed the all-Indian cast — consisting of 300 Kiowa, Comanche and Caddo tribesmen — on location in the Wichita Mountains near Craterville Park. Located in the southwestern portion of Oklahoma, the once off limits to non-Indians site was one of the last gold rush locations in the United States — just one of the reasons the area was ideal for the Myles movie endeavor.

“This film is a window into that past; it’s a window into the history of the place, the history of the tribes, the history of shooting this very special movie, this document from the summer of 1920, ‘Daughter of Dawn,’” according to OHS Deputy Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn.

The Bartlesville Area History Museum is a family friendly facility, where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 918-338-4294.

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