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(EXP)LORE YOUR WORLD. Experience lore. 

(exp)lore is a fiction anthology podcast to be enjoyed in the community while social distancing. These site-specific stories take an imaginative dive into the past and future of Calgary’s inner city. Each episode immerses the audience in a rich audio play while they explore the world through a new lens.


Episode 4: Niitahtaastsi

by Troy Emery Twigg


In 2027 an Apocalyptic lockdown in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) holds a grade 7 classroom captive during school hours. The students anxiously await their fate, not sure what is going on in the outside world, and Josh, a Blackfoot student, comes to grips with his identity and the true history of the land and the universe. When the trickster comes barreling in unexpectedly, Josh must face a lesson in colonial disorder and his own past.

Episode Location: 

Bow and Elbow River Confluence, East Village, Calgary SE

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You should be listening to this episode at the Confluence of the Bow and Elbow River, a geographic site in the East Village neighbourhood of Downtown Calgary. It is located along the Calgary RiverWalk just north of 9th Ave SE and the Elbow River Traverse and east of 6th ST SE and Fort Calgary.

HINT: Find the place where the rivers meet.

Episode Personnel


Reneltta Arluk is Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is founder  and Artistic Director of Akpik Theatre, a northern professional Indigenous theatre company. An alumni of University of Alberta’s BFA (Acting) program. Reneltta has extensive directing experience working within Indigenous communities across Canada in self-creation work. She is thrilled to have worked in such an in-depth and collaborative way with this exquisite collective.

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Reneltta Arluk


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Troy is from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He has worked as an actor, dancer, choreographer, director, dramaturg and instructor but is primarily an artist in movement, choreography and staging, mostly creating his own works which have been presented nationally and internationally. Troy was one of the original visionaries and founding artists of the ground breaking Making Treaty 7 theatrical event.

Troy Emery Twigg

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Zach Running Coyote (He/Him) is a Mohkinstsis (Calgary) based, mixed Mi’gmaq,  playwright, actor, musician, screenwriter, shapeshifter and story scavenger. He is a graduate of the four year acting program at Rosebud School of the Arts, and the former artist in residence at Making Treaty 7. As performer: Cariboo Magi (Far From the Tree.), Romeo & Juliet (Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow) Pawakan (Workshop at The Stratford Festival), The Street (Pounds Performance) as well as performing his own shows Kohkum & me and Snowblind.

Zach Running Coyote


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Marshall is an Actor, Director, Podcaster, and Drag Performer from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He is a graduate from the University of Lethbridge where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specializing in Theatre Performance. He is especially interested in using theatre for community development, having been involved in various projects both locally and internationally aimed at using artistic practices to encourage social change.Marshall is the recipient of the 2018 Theatre Calgary Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award.

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Project Personnel

Andrew G. Cooper

Cassandra Watson

Skylar Desjardins

Alixandra Cowman

Jonathan Lewis

Kyle Marshall


Assistant Producer

Production and Technical Director

Sound Designer


Audio Engineer

Thank You

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