“I love working on <i>Pretendians</i> because it gives me an opportunity to use humor as a vehicle to teach and inform. ” says Angel Ellis, co-host of <i>Pretendians</i>, Apple Podcasts' Spotlight show for July 2024. 

Angel Ellis is a free-press activist and director of Mvskoke Media. Her co-host Robert Jago is a freelance writer, entrepreneur, and Indigenous rights activist from Richmond, British Columbia. Together, they pitched the show to the podcast network, Canadaland, as a new original series. “I broke one of the first big Pretendian stories of this whole moment,” says Jago, “and the way that I did it didn’t provide enough context. This series gives me a chance to try and reshape that.”

Ellis and Jago hope listeners understand the serious nature of the problem, while becoming more acquainted to Native joy and humor. “The broadest part of society coming to understand its impact on Indigenous people, has always been a driving motivation for me,” says Ellis. “ If nothing else, I hope listeners learn that there is a way to be supportive of and enjoy Indigenous cultures without wearing it like some passing fad.”

What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and professors have in common? They aren’t Indigenous. 

There are hundreds of cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. So why do these so-called “pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed? 

In each episode of this riveting new podcast series, co-hosts Robert Jago (Kwantlen First Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) and Angel Ellis (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) reveal unbelievable stories of audacious fraudsters and investigate the complex phenomenon of Indigenous identity theft. 

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Questions & Answers

How many episodes are there of Pretendians?

There are 21 episodes avaiable of Pretendians.

What is Pretendians about?

We have categorized Pretendians as:

  • Society & Culture
  • True Crime
  • Documentary

Where can you listen to Pretendians?

Pretendians is available, among others places, on:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Podtail
  • Google Podcasts

When did Pretendians start?

The first episode of Pretendians that we have available was released 12 October 2018.

Who creates the podcast Pretendians?

Pretendians is produced and created by Canadaland.