‘It’s All Home Water’ Series Makes Case for Pristine Boundary Waters

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate writes a visual love story to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It remains under the looming threat of a foreign copper-nickel mine.

In a three-pronged approach to storytelling, Patagonia Ambassador Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate writes an essay, presents a photo collection in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Tony Czech, and culminates in a film. Each tells a separate part of the story “It’s All Home Water.”

Via canoe, Nakadate travels into the BWCA in all four seasons. Drone shots reveal wildly structural landscapes from above. Calm waters bear hungry fish. But most strikingly, Nakadate visits a mine on a watershed. The vast structure stands out starkly against the pristine calm of the film.

In conjunction with Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, Patagonia calls the audience to action for the H.R. 5598, the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act. If you’re interested in protecting this wild landscape, you can reach out to your representative here.

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Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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