“The Daughter of Dawn”
The first movie ever made to feature authentic American Indians playing roles was shot in 1920 in the Wichita Mountains. Members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes played roles in the movie that was previewed but never theatrically released. Over the years it was lost and became a mere memory. Recently it was discovered again and survived the aging process.
Playing parts were two of Quanah Parker’s children, White and Wanda Parker of the Comanche tribe. The Kiowa raider Hunting Horse From Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma also played a major part in the film titled “The Daughter of Dawn.”
How this film survived is a wonder. It was found in the possession of a private investigator in North Carolina trying to collect a fee. When he figured it might be something of historical importance that needed to be restored quickly, he contacted the right people from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This is truly a valuable piece of history to the Comanche and Kiowa tribes and all the people of southwest Oklahoma. We knew that Cache, Oklahoma was the location of one of the first Western movies, “The Bank Robbery” which features Al Jennings and Quanah Parker and now we learn that the area was the location of the first movie to feature authentic American Indians as actors who did not receive a wardrobe from the production company but instead wore actual family heirlooms and personal items as their costumes.
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– by J.Wade Harrell,