I'm quite well known as the @aridamerican "The Arid American" on Tiktok which is my biggest platform. I was born in Coahuila, Mexico and was brought to the U.S. at 4 years old, living in an undocumented status for many years, though I am now a U.S. citizen after a decade in the process. I serve in the Army Reserves and live in Alabama, and I got into DNA testing, history, and genealogy August 2020.
I am part of a Guachichil descendent group called the Gualiname Guachichiles where we preserve and practice the culture and history to honor our ancestors; my Guachichil name is Juancholoa.
I am also in the process of obtaining Portuguese citizenship due to a Sephardic Jewish line, and I can speak Portuguese at an intermediate level, making me trilingual.
I've helped many people reconnect to their roots whether they are Iberian, indigenous, etc. Genealogy allowed me to find my true roots - finding that knowledge was invaluable and is one of my most meaningful accomplishments.
I'm also an award-winning science fiction writer with my debut novel, Golden Skies, ranking 4.5/5 consistently.