Walking into the Unknown

Walking into the Unknown


Walking Into The Unknown follows the personal journey of an American Indian physician, Dr. Arne Vainio, who turns 50 and realizes his own health is in jeopardy and he is not following the advice he gives his middle-aged male patients. Facing all of the health risk statistics for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and etc., that many American Indians face, he chooses to address his risks by undergoing the medical screenings, diet changes and lifestyle necessary to override the fatal outcome many experience. He takes the viewers with him every step of the way on this intimate and fascinating walk into the unknown. As the doctor reverses roles and becomes the patient. The result is a poignant story of vulnerability and personal revelation that inspires and educates viewers.

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Program Length: 57 minutes
Production Staff: Producer: Ivy Vainio (Ojibwe); Director: Nate Maydole
Production Companies: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Painted Sky
Format: DVD & Digital Download
Public Broadcast Release: October 2010




Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Project Coordinator​

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.