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He was born in 1982 in the Huichol ranch community of Santa Catarina, Mezquitic, Jalisco. Originally from native Huichol Indian blood, his father died when Marcos was five. At the tender age of eight, he began working in the fields helping to provide for his family.
When he was 12, he left his community in search of better field work and until he turned 15 continued this type of seasonal work. Eventually, he ended up in Guadalajara and began working in construction. It was at this time, he realized he must make some important decisions about what to do with his life.
He could not read or write and did not speak Spanish. Because he left his community, his family rejected him - a usual occurrence due to Huichol ideology and practices. Marcos lived in the streets in Guadalajara an unhappy and unfulfilling life of poverty, prejudice and little hope.
With a great will and desire for a better quality of life, he sold his art on the streets, which enabled him to make enough money to finish high school. His dream of going to college was realized when an expatriate at Lake Chapala offered to fund his schooling. He completed his college studies in 2009 with a degree in computer administration and he is now studying computer systems engineering.
Education has opened the world to Marcos but it is still difficult to find a good job. He now feels part of a community and is married with no children. He continues to work at his Huichol art finding it difficult at times to have a venue at which to sell.
Marcos did not see any future remaining in his Huichol community and so he left. His heritage is rich and fodder for his creative art. Today approximately 8,000 still survive, keeping alive a nature-based and spiritual way of life now long extinct in most parts of the Americas. Due to the encroachment of the modern world, the core of Huichol traditional life is dissolving, and their ability to sustain their cultural identity is in grave danger. Missionaries, tourists lumber companies, agro-chemicals, alcoholism and abandonment of traditions are undermining their ability to prevail. However, there is still hope.
Virtually untouched for centuries, Huichol Indians took refuge from the Spanish conquest in the remote Sierra Madre mountain range. The Huichols have no history of war. Rather than training for war, they train their hearts to open to the healing powers of love and to the celebrations of life through the seasons. Because of this, they are famous for their strong ceremonial tradition, rich mythology and incredible visionary artwork.