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Wid's refers to the film as The Dawnmaker ... More Less

Wid's refers to the film as The Dawnmaker . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
16 Sep 16
p. 675.
MPN
16 Sep 16
p. 1722.
MPW
16 Sep 16
p. 1821.
MPW
30 Sep 16
p. 26.
New York Times
4 Sep 16
p. 5.
NYDM
9 Sep 16
p. 26.
Variety
8 Sep 16
p. 20.
Wid's
14 Sep 16
p. 908.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 September 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In Northwestern Canada, Joe Elk, the son of a white man and an Indian woman, feels torn between the conflicting cultures of his parents. Then, when he falls in love with Alice McRae, a white woman, he senses the dominance of his white heritage. After Alice tells him that she is engaged to Bruce Smithson, however, Joe returns to his tribe determined to live as a full-blooded Indian. Later, during a snow storm that cuts off the Indians' food supply, Joe's tribe steals provisions from Alice and Bruce, whom they leave to starve. The next day, Joe, who had protested against the theft of the food, insists on his share of the stolen goods and returns to Bruce and Alice. He leads them out of the blizzard and forces them to eat his food, while he himself starves. Just before he dies, his Indian blood fully asserts itself, and he performs his tribe's last rites cermeony, the Dance of the Dawn ... +


In Northwestern Canada, Joe Elk, the son of a white man and an Indian woman, feels torn between the conflicting cultures of his parents. Then, when he falls in love with Alice McRae, a white woman, he senses the dominance of his white heritage. After Alice tells him that she is engaged to Bruce Smithson, however, Joe returns to his tribe determined to live as a full-blooded Indian. Later, during a snow storm that cuts off the Indians' food supply, Joe's tribe steals provisions from Alice and Bruce, whom they leave to starve. The next day, Joe, who had protested against the theft of the food, insists on his share of the stolen goods and returns to Bruce and Alice. He leads them out of the blizzard and forces them to eat his food, while he himself starves. Just before he dies, his Indian blood fully asserts itself, and he performs his tribe's last rites cermeony, the Dance of the Dawn Maker. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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