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Documentary features Beloiters' research

February 24, 2013

A film that premiered Saturday (Feb. 23) features work by several Beloiters, past and present, all with ties to the Logan Museum of Anthropology.

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Lost Nation: The Ioway -- Parts 2 and 3, a new documentary by Fourth Wall Films, follows up on Part 1--an Official Selection at the 2008 Beloit International Film Festival. In the new movie, filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle explore the history and culture of the Ioway Tribe in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Ioways, a small tribe that lived originally in Wisconsin and Iowa and now has reservations in Kansas and Oklahoma, reflect many processes common to Native American groups throughout the continent: territorial dispossession, tribal fragmentation, and poverty, as well as survival, resilience,and  language loss and revival.

The new film spotlights research on Ioway history and language by Logan Museum James E. Lockwood Jr. Director Bill Green, student Christina E. Brown'13, and former student Saul Schwartz'08. Brown, a Sanger Summer Research Fellow in 2012, has analyzed plant remains from an Ioway archaeological site and published a paper with Green about Ioway ethnobotany. Schwartz, now working on his Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton University, is studying language revitalization among the Ioway today and has an article in press with Green, on the history and materiality of Ioway interactions with neighbors and colonial powers. Bill also continues his work on Ioway cartography, focusing on a map made by tribal leaders in 1837.

In addition, the film features the Gottschall rockshelter, an archaeological site in southwestern Wisconsin excavated by former Logan Museum director and anthropology professor Bob Salzer.

The premiere of Lost Nation: The Ioway -- Parts 2 and 3 was held at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. Future showings are planned elsewhere in the region and on public television. See for information.