Lost Nation: The Ioway

“Lost Nation: The Ioway”
Will Be Presented By
Fellowship Forum

DES MOINES– A forgotten story of American conquest and Native survival will come to light when the award-winning documentary “Lost Nation: The Ioway” is presented by Fellowship Forum on Sunday, November 1 at 10 a.m.  The virtual screening is free, and will be followed by a Q&A with Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.

In 1824, during the twilight of Native American dominion, two conflicted Ioway leaders met with William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) to sign a momentous treaty.  White Cloud (Mahaska) saw cooperation as survival for his people, while Great Walker (Moanahonga) regretted the loss of their ancestral homeland. This pivotal moment led both men to different tragic destinies in their battle with epic change.

Ioway Elders and tribal members join historians and archaeologists to tell the dramatic and true story of the small tribe that once claimed the territory between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Pipestone, Minnesota to St. Louis.  What was a quest for survival in the past, has become a a struggle to retain a unique Native American culture and language in the present.

Film critic Linda Cook of the Quad City Times gave “Lost Nation: The Ioway” 4-out-of-4 stars and said “The Rundle’s “Ioway” is perfectly complete… A fantastic documentary… You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this film.”

Movie reviewer Mike Schulz of the River Cities Reader wrote “Absolutely outstanding.  “Lost Nation: The Ioway” is fantastically informative, beautifully constructed, and thoroughly enjoyable…”

“Lost Nation: The Ioway” garnered several film festival awards including Best Documentary at the International Cherokee Film Festival.  It was an Official Selection in the Archaeology Channel’s International Film Festival and it won a Bronze Telly Award®.  Since its premiere in 2007, the film has screened in over 70 cities throughout the country, was released nationally on DVD and broadcast on PBS stations.

The film received grant awards from Humanities Iowa, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Rundles are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an award-winning and Emmy-nominated independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  The sequels “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2&3” are available on DVD. Visit for more information.


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