Ignacio is blessed to have Kiowa Apache and Cherokee heritage and to be the receptacle of many stories passed down to him from his Apache grandfather; he is one of three in the world to speak his dialect of Apache! He holds an M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Arizona. Ignacio has studied and lived with native elders and traditional medicine practitioners from Apache, Dineh, Mixtec, Aztec, Oaxacan, Queche, Nazca and Hawaiian heritage from Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oaxaca Mexico, Nazca Peru and Hawaii. His desire is to share this knowledge with children and parents through the medium of children’s books.
He is also a self made chef and has a catering business, ponoainacatering.com. He harvests and prepares fresh, local and wild foods in traditional ways. He codes for iPhone apps and has many other talents!
As part of the bear clan, I take great honor in preserving the knowledge of nature and medicine.