Emmy nominated documentary, “Walking into the Unknown”, traces the intimate journey of a middle aged American Indian male through the health care system as he gains a deeper understanding of himself and the health risks he faces. Dr. Arne Vainio is an Ojibwe physician who works on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota. Frustrated by middle-aged Native men not coming in for health screenings, he came to the realization that he was also avoiding the necessary screenings. The program is based on Dr. Arne Vainio’s 49th and 50th years of life, a critical turning point in the lives of many American Indian males when it is important to become earnestly involved in finding out more about the ways in which their health and well being are at risk and developing ways to practice healthier choices.

Several powerful testimonials from community members who have experienced the premature loss of Native men in their families are included along with several diagnostic tests that are experienced and explained from the patient’s perspective.

DVD Includes:
65 minute Feature Program with 5 main topics including:
Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Suicide and Alcoholism
*Each topic can be viewed independently or seen in the broader context of
the feature program.

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa through its Human Services Division with partial funding provided by the Indian Health Service Diabetes Program.

Directed by Nate Maydole
Produced by Ivy Vainio

Music Provided by Canyon Records and other artists.