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Nicholas Hunter and Gregory Hitch
The Place Where Food Grows on Water
For an Environmental Studies capstone course taught by Jessie Conaway in the Spring of 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a small group of us traveled to the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation to discuss issues of water stewardship and tribal sovereignty. Our project focused on climate change impacts on tribal ecological economies of the Bad River community, such as wild rice cultivation and fish harvests. We talked with elders John Denomie and Hilary Butler, two men who have decades of ricing experience between them. Alongside these first hand accounts, we consulted scholarly sources of issues of climate change impacts in northern Wisconsin. This video, as well as several newspaper articles, is the product of that research.
Gregory Hitch, a native of Green Bay, is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin with degrees in History and Environmental Studies and a minor in American Indian Studies. As part of his degree program, he also researched and wrote a senior thesis exploring climate change impacts on the Menominee nation. He currently works as a naturalist at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI.
Nicholas Hunter, from Lubbock, TX, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin studying Philosophy, Linguistics, and Environmental Studies. He also works as a French translator at the UW Lichen and Bryophyte Herbarium. In the past, Nick has campaigned for numerous environmental and social groups throughout the United States including the Human Rights Campaign, Wisconsin Environment, and Democracy Now.