Chris Cuauhtli was born in Mexico and abandoned in an orphanage after his mother’s death in Tijuana. He was subsequently adopted, although not legally,by an American family that brought him illegally to the US. While making numerous mistakes as a youth,which resulted in being incarcerated half his life,he dedicated himself to changing and becoming a positive force in the world. He became a small business owner, became involved inthe indigenous revitalization movement centered onindigenous culture and language,and,most of all, devoted his life to beingadedicatedfather to his young daughter.