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A documentary series about shifting the colonial narrative and celebrating the reclamation of indigenous knowledge and identity.

Future History follows two passionate, and polar opposite, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) hosts as they venture into their community to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous Knowledge and the movement of cultural revitalization.

For generations, across North America, Indigenous People have been reeling from the devastating effects of colonialism that has left children, language, ceremony and culture at risk. But today, a movement of reclamation and revitalization is being led by Indigenous People who are harnessing Indigenous Knowledge as a way to shift the colonial paradigm and build a brighter future for the next generation.

From Arts and Science to the Justice System, the resurgence of Indigenous Knowledge is stronger than ever. Future History is a journey of discovery through an Indigenous lens, a journey that will inspire and enlighten audiences of all ages.

Ojibway Hosts title

Sarain Fox

Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Activist
Co-Host
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Of Anishinabe lineage, Sarain is a passionate spokesperson for her aboriginal community north of Toronto and wears the beauty of her heritage with pride. Sarain explains that, “through film and acting my goal is to tell the stories that allow us to relearn our self’s as aboriginal people.” Through her pursuit of recognition as a name in the film industry, Sarain hopes to open new doors and opportunities for Aboriginal youths. Already well on her way, Sarain has worked on several major projects: she was cast as Sacheen Little Feather in “The Andy Warhol Interview Project” which debuted at the Vienna Film Festival in June 2007 and was involved in the ARG re-release of the CBS TV drama “Jericho”. Of course, she always has lots of new ideas on the drawing board and is currently refining several concepts for projects in the near future. Already in progress are various independent endeavors including the debut of her first play entitled “Ashes” which appeared at the Weesageechak Festival in Toronto and most recently; Sarain completed The New York Film Academy’s, acting for film program.

Just as comfortable behind the scenes as in front of the lens, Sarain is also a distinguished fashion model. She can be seen on the front cover of PIE, Redskin and Spirit magazines, and has also appeared in ImagoZine, Butterfly Unltd. from NYC and Grind magazine. Sarain has modeled in several Imago shows and also for designer Brandon R. Dwyer of Project Runway.

Sarain is strong and nimble not only as an intellect; she has also been studying, practicing and performing as a professional dancer for the past ten years. She has attended the Canadian Children’s Dance Theater, the Quinte Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in New York City. She has performed at The Canada Dance Festival 2008, The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival VIII, the 2002, 2007 and 2012 Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and two summers with the Ajkun Ballet Theater Company in New York City. She is a member of Kahawaii Dance theater and has attended three indigenous dance residencies at The Banff Center, witch allowed her to work with Neil Iremia of Black Grace and Javier Dezule of Dezule dance. Sarain is currently the newest member of Untitled Collective; a NYC based Australian aboriginal modern dance collective. On and off the dance floor, this stellar entity of artistic expulsion is truly always on her toes.

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Kris is a multi-disciplinary artist working in wood, stone and traditional oil mediums.  He is also an advocate for the rights of First Nations communities in Ontario and has liaised between Native and non-native groups with respect to archaeology since 2000.

Kris Nahrgang is a Status, Mississauga Ojibway Treaty Indian – status held at Curve Lake.  His home is located close to the site of the Peterborough Petroglyphs which date back over a thousand years and are recognized as the largest single concentration of rock carvings in Canada.

Kris’ art is a continuation of this spirit and tradition of rock and totem carving. His style has a balance of innovative, modern and traditional elements which have led to a growing recognition of his work across Canada and the world. His work has been noted in art periodicals including Insight, Art Impression and Collectibles, as well as MacLean’s Magazine.

An experienced diver, Mr. Nahrgang began an undergraduate degree in anthropology at Trent University, and has worked in a close relationship with underwater archaeologists at Parks Canada, mainly along the Trent Severn. Mr. Nahrgang has attempted to establish a cultural heritage/archaeological research and curatorial facility that will serve the needs of a large group of the smaller southern Ontario native communities. He served as a member of the advisory committee struck by the Ministry of Culture to contribute to the development of new Stage 1-4 archaeological assessment technical guidelines. As an Associate to the firm, he has worked closely with Archaeological Services Inc. on several projects, including the Aboriginal Consultation initiative for the North Pickering Development Plan. He is consulting widely with First Nations on matters relating to the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Recently Kris was commissioned by the Canadian National Exhibition to produce a 36’ UNITY POLE (Totem). The Pole was unveiled at the CNE in August of 2017, receiving national and international acclaim from the public and the media.   Kris’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collection including Anne Murray, Bill Cosby, Justin Trudeau, Keech Rainwater (of Lonestar), Nik Antropov (Atlanta Thrashers), Brian Skinner (Phoenix Suns).
In 2018 APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) will air Season One of “Future History”, a documentary series that challenges the colonial narrative and celebrates the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge and identity, which Kris co-created and hosts with dancer, choreographer, actor and activist Sarain Fox.

 

Kris Nahrgang

Archaeologist, Artist, Activist
Co-creator and Host
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Sarain Fox

Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Activist
Co-Host

Of Anishinabe lineage, Sarain is a passionate spokesperson for her aboriginal community north of Toronto and wears the beauty of her heritage with pride. Sarain explains that, “through film and acting my goal is to tell the stories that allow us to relearn our self’s as aboriginal people.” Through her pursuit of recognition as a name in the film industry, Sarain hopes to open new doors and opportunities for Aboriginal youths. Already well on her way, Sarain has worked on several major projects: she was cast as Sacheen Little Feather in “The Andy Warhol Interview Project” which debuted at the Vienna Film Festival in June 2007 and was involved in the ARG re-release of the CBS TV drama “Jericho”. Of course, she always has lots of new ideas on the drawing board and is currently refining several concepts for projects in the near future. Already in progress are various independent endeavors including the debut of her first play entitled “Ashes” which appeared at the Weesageechak Festival in Toronto and most recently; Sarain completed The New York Film Academy’s, acting for film program.

Just as comfortable behind the scenes as in front of the lens, Sarain is also a distinguished fashion model. She can be seen on the front cover of PIE, Redskin and Spirit magazines, and has also appeared in ImagoZine, Butterfly Unltd. from NYC and Grind magazine. Sarain has modeled in several Imago shows and also for designer Brandon R. Dwyer of Project Runway.

Sarain is strong and nimble not only as an intellect; she has also been studying, practicing and performing as a professional dancer for the past ten years. She has attended the Canadian Children’s Dance Theater, the Quinte Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in New York City. She has performed at The Canada Dance Festival 2008, The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival VIII, the 2002, 2007 and 2012 Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and two summers with the Ajkun Ballet Theater Company in New York City. She is a member of Kahawaii Dance theater and has attended three indigenous dance residencies at The Banff Center, witch allowed her to work with Neil Iremia of Black Grace and Javier Dezule of Dezule dance. Sarain is currently the newest member of Untitled Collective; a NYC based Australian aboriginal modern dance collective. On and off the dance floor, this stellar entity of artistic expulsion is truly always on her toes.

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Kris Nahrgang

Archaeologist, Artist, Activist
Co-creator and Host

Kris is a multi-disciplinary artist working in wood, stone and traditional oil mediums.  He is also an advocate for the rights of First Nations communities in Ontario and has liaised between Native and non-native groups with respect to archaeology since 2000.

Kris Nahrgang is a Status, Mississauga Ojibway Treaty Indian – status held at Curve Lake.  His home is located close to the site of the Peterborough Petroglyphs which date back over a thousand years and are recognized as the largest single concentration of rock carvings in Canada.

Kris’ art is a continuation of this spirit and tradition of rock and totem carving. His style has a balance of innovative, modern and traditional elements which have led to a growing recognition of his work across Canada and the world. His work has been noted in art periodicals including Insight, Art Impression and Collectibles, as well as MacLean’s Magazine.

An experienced diver, Mr. Nahrgang began an undergraduate degree in anthropology at Trent University, and has worked in a close relationship with underwater archaeologists at Parks Canada, mainly along the Trent Severn. Mr. Nahrgang has attempted to establish a cultural heritage/archaeological research and curatorial facility that will serve the needs of a large group of the smaller southern Ontario native communities. He served as a member of the advisory committee struck by the Ministry of Culture to contribute to the development of new Stage 1-4 archaeological assessment technical guidelines. As an Associate to the firm, he has worked closely with Archaeological Services Inc. on several projects, including the Aboriginal Consultation initiative for the North Pickering Development Plan. He is consulting widely with First Nations on matters relating to the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Recently Kris was commissioned by the Canadian National Exhibition to produce a 36’ UNITY POLE (Totem). The Pole was unveiled at the CNE in August of 2017, receiving national and international acclaim from the public and the media.   Kris’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collection including Anne Murray, Bill Cosby, Justin Trudeau, Keech Rainwater (of Lonestar), Nik Antropov (Atlanta Thrashers), Brian Skinner (Phoenix Suns).
In 2018 APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) will air Season One of “Future History”, a documentary series that challenges the colonial narrative and celebrates the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge and identity, which Kris co-created and hosts with dancer, choreographer, actor and activist Sarain Fox.

 

ojib Episode Guide

Episode N°1

Origins of the people

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In this episode, we are introduced to the backgrounds of our hosts, Kris Nahrgang and Sarain Fox, who come from vastly different places in terms of their indigenous identity. Isaac Murdoch stars as this episode’s expert.

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Episode N°2

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Theme: Water

Expert Interview: Josephine Mandamin

Featuring: Christi Belcourt, Vanessa Gray

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Episode N°3

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Theme: Children

Expert Interview: Cindy Blackstock

Featuring: Mush Hole Residential School (Woodland Cultural Centre), Kendra Keetch

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Episode N°4

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Theme: Arts

Expert Interview: Jesse Wente

Featuring: Penny Couchie, Tamara Podemski

Air Date:

Episode N°1

Origins of the people

Watch

In this episode, we are introduced to the backgrounds of our hosts, Kris Nahrgang and Sarain Fox, who come from vastly different places in terms of their indigenous identity. Isaac Murdoch stars as this episode’s expert.

Air Date:

Episode N°2

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Theme: Water

Expert Interview: Josephine Mandamin

Featuring: Christi Belcourt, Vanessa Gray

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Episode N°3

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Theme: Children

Expert Interview: Cindy Blackstock

Featuring: Mush Hole Residential School (Woodland Cultural Centre), Kendra Keetch

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Episode N°4

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Theme: Arts

Expert Interview: Jesse Wente

Featuring: Penny Couchie, Tamara Podemski

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Episode N°5

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Theme: Exhibitionism

Expert Interview: Jordan Williams White Eye

Featuring: Monique Mojica, Crystal “Beany” John

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Episode N°6

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Theme: Policy

Expert Interview: Russell Diabo

Featuring: Rebeka Tabobondung, Nunavut Sivuniksavut

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Episode N°7

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Theme: Health

Expert Interview: John Rice

Featuring: Dr. Karen Hill, Isabelle Aubé

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Episode N°8

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Theme: Appropriation

Expert Interview: Lenore Keeshig-Tobias

Featuring: Setsuné Fashion (Sage Paul, Erika Iserhoff), Jay Soule

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Episode N°5

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Theme: Exhibitionism

Expert Interview: Jordan Williams White Eye

Featuring: Monique Mojica, Crystal “Beany” John

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Episode N°6

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Theme: Policy

Expert Interview: Russell Diabo

Featuring: Rebeka Tabobondung, Nunavut Sivuniksavut

Air Date:

Episode N°7

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Theme: Health

Expert Interview: John Rice

Featuring: Dr. Karen Hill, Isabelle Aubé

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Episode N°8

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Theme: Appropriation

Expert Interview: Lenore Keeshig-Tobias

Featuring: Setsuné Fashion (Sage Paul, Erika Iserhoff), Jay Soule

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Episode N°9

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Theme: Museums & Bones

Expert Interview: Tom Hill

Featuring: Jaime Koebel, Bata Shoe Museum & Manitobah Mukluks with Sage Petahtegoose

Air Date: May 04 2017

Episode N°10

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Theme: Justice

Expert Interview: Sara Mainville

Featuring: Joyce King, Jim Johnson

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Episode N°11

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Theme: Food

Expert Interview: Adrianne Lickers

Featuring: Bob Goulais, Chef Joseph Shawana

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Episode N°12

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Theme: Culture

Expert Interview: Michael Etherington

Featuring: Nina Segalowitz, Eddy Robinson

Air Date:

Episode N°9

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Theme: Museums & Bones

Expert Interview: Tom Hill

Featuring: Jaime Koebel, Bata Shoe Museum & Manitobah Mukluks with Sage Petahtegoose

Air Date: May 04 2017

Episode N°10

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Theme: Justice

Expert Interview: Sara Mainville

Featuring: Joyce King, Jim Johnson

Air Date:

Episode N°11

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Theme: Food

Expert Interview: Adrianne Lickers

Featuring: Bob Goulais, Chef Joseph Shawana

Air Date:

Episode N°12

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Theme: Culture

Expert Interview: Michael Etherington

Featuring: Nina Segalowitz, Eddy Robinson

Air Date:

Episode N°13

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In this episode, we are introduced to the backgrounds of our hosts, Kris Nahrgang and Sarain Fox, who come from vastly different places in terms of their indigenous identity. Isaac Murdoch stars as this episode’s expert.

Air Date:

Episode N°13

Watch

In this episode, we are introduced to the backgrounds of our hosts, Kris Nahrgang and Sarain Fox, who come from vastly different places in terms of their indigenous identity. Isaac Murdoch stars as this episode’s expert.

Air Date: