My friend Josué Rivas is an Indigenous photojournalist. When he found out we were doing a magazine issue on death, he told me about his idea for this photo essay. He wanted to document his healing from the trauma of losing his father when he was a child. It's actually a beautiful love letter to his young son and future generations. I wanted people to hear his voice as they view his photos, so he and I made this short video, too—an inspiring minute and a half about living honorably, as a future ancestor.
Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, creative director
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Indigenous photographer @josue_foto talks about life, death, and healing in this stunning photo essay from our Death Issue: "Because all living things are connected, my healing and being able to live well honors not just my ancestors, but also future generations."