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'I Am a Future Ancestor: Knowing this changes how I live my life.'

Josue Rivas

Yes Magazine

11 September 2019

This is a short written and visual article about the role future ancestry teachings played in a young man's healing journey, and is part of Yes Magazine's 2019 The Death Issue: In Depth.

"My father died when I was 7. He was tall, had a black mustache, and had a camera hanging from his neck. At least that’s how I remember him. To be clear, later when I became an adult, I found out he hadn’t actually died. Just disappeared from our lives. I thought he had died—from alcohol, stuck between his pain and his desire to be a good man.

 

I began a healing process recently to better understand my role as a father of my own son, Tonatiuh. My son’s name means “the one that brings the light, the sun.” Digging deep into that trauma is difficult, but my traditional teachings as an Indigenous man tell me there is a larger purpose for my healing. Because all living and dead things are connected, my healing and being able to live well honors not just my ancestors, but also the future generations.

 

For them, I will be an ancestor to honor. Knowing this changes how I live my life.:

Read the full article and series here.

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