Tucson, Arizona is 70 miles from the border and it’s a region with a complicated history and heritage. For the people that live there, that means indigenous, Latino and white communities have always mixed. Gabriel Otero is 5th generation Tucsonan, Chicano and a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Out of all the places central to his culture and faith, the Mission San Xavier del Bac, is one of the most important. Since the mission’s founding in 1692, the land it rests on has belonged to New Spain, Mexico, and finally the United States, where it became a national landmark in 1963. Today, the mission continues to serve many different communities and cultures. For Gabriel, it’s sacred for being just that – a shared space of gathering and peace.
Mission San Xavier del Bac on a Saturday morning