I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Josué Rivas is a creative director, visual storyteller, and educator who lives in Portland, Oregon. He uses photography to build awareness about Native communities. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Fort Yates, North Dakota, September 2017
Oceti Sakowin Camp near Standing Rock Nation, November 2016.