Members of an all-Comanche and Kiowa cast are on the set of "The Daughter of Dawn," in the Wichita Mountains near Lawton, Okla., in 1920. Oklahoma Historical Society via AP
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A long-lost silent film admired by historians as a rare visual account of Native American customs is being released after a private detective in North Carolina stumbled across a damaged copy.The detective then sold the reels of the movie – shot in Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains – to the Oklahoma Historical Society for more than $5,000 before Milestone was recruited as the distributor.An initial screening of the 87-minute, black-and-white film was held this week at an Amarillo library.Two of the approximately 300 Comanche and Kiowa people in the film are children of legendary Comanche chief Quanah Parker, whose exploits were widely recounted on the frontier. Moore said the Oklahoma Historical Society had known about the film because years ago it had obtained the works of a photographer who was on the movie set, but it was thought the film was lost.
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