Luther anthropologists Lori Stanley and Colin Betts featured in documentary film on the Ioway

Sept. 24, 2010

"Lost Nation: The Ioway," a documentary film produced with assistance from Luther College anthropology professors Colin Betts and Lori Stanley, will make its PBS broadcast premiere in October on affiliated stations of PBS across the Midwest.

Iowa Public Television will broadcast "Lost Nation" on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. with repeats on other dates in October. On Nov. 1, IPTV will air the program at 9:30 p.m., following the broadcast of "We Shall Remain." 

"Lost Nation" will be broadcast on other public television stations in the Midwest; check local listing for dates and times. The PBS broadcasts of the 57-minute documentary film are expected to reach 500,00-800,000 viewers.

Betts and Stanley both served as consultants to the film's producers, Tammy and Kelly Rundle, and each makes appearances in the documentary. Betts' archaeological field school is featured prominently, and Stanley is the first person to appear in the documentary.

Produced and distributed by Kelly and Tammy Rundle, Fourth Wall Films, "Lost Nation: The Ioway" premiered in 2007 at the State Historical Society Building in Des Moines, Iowa, and at the Putnam Museum IMAX Theater in Davenport, Iowa. It was selected for showing at the Beloit (Wisconsin) International Film Festival in 2008.

In 2008, "Lost Nation" won a best documentary award at the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Independent Film Festival; best documentary award at the Independent Film Festival in Mason City, Iowa; the Bronze Telly Award for outstanding achievement in a television documentary; the audience favorite award at the Landlocked Film Festival, Iowa City, Iowa; and best multi-cultural documentary award at the International Cherokee Film Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was an official selection at the Archaeology Channel's International Film Festival in Eugene, Ore. 

The film has had more than 100 screenings in nearly 70 cities throughout the country.

"Lost Nation: The Ioway" tells the story of the twilight of the Native American dominion of the lands that are now part of the American upper Midwest. In 1824, two conflicted Ioway leaders met with William Clark, one of the principals of the earlier Lewis and Clark Expedition, to sign a momentous treaty.

White Cloud saw cooperation as survival for his people, while Great Walker regretted the loss of their ancestral homeland. This pivotal moment led both men to different tragic destinies in their battle with epic change.

In "Lost Nation," Ioway elders 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, Minn., to St. Louis. The Ioway quest for survival in the past has become a struggle to retain a unique Native American culture and language in the present.

Tammy Rundle is the producer-writer, and her husband Kelly Rundle is the director-writer of "Lost Nation." The Rundles are both award-winning filmmakers who have been producing documentaries and other media projects for some 25 years. Tammy is a native of Waterloo, Iowa, and Kelly was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the Quad Cities. Both are graduates of Park University in Kansas City, Mo.

An Ioway sequel covering the tribes' story from 1838 to the present is currently in production; it has the support of both tribes.

More information about "Lost Nation: The Ioway" is available at website


Lost Nation: The Ioway