Bear Witness

  • Year 2016
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 15 min
  • Director Fitz Cahall and Nate Ptacek


On September 23, 2015, Dave and Amy Freeman (@freemanexplore) embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota to protect America’s most visited wilderness area from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. The two traveled more than 3,000 miles by canoe and dog team as they explored more than 500 lakes and streams throughout the year. The journey began on the fall equinox, on the edge of the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minnesota, and concluded with a paddle back to where they started along the Kawishiwi River into Birch Lake near the proposed copper mine site. In 2014, Dave and Amy traveled by canoe and sailboat from Ely to Washington, DC, on the Paddle to DC as a first step in their efforts to protect the Wilderness.


Sat, Oct 15 Saturday, Oct 15

Adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman

Kaufman Auditorium