C’ante Ishta, who heard the call of the Christian and Lakota religions in his early teens, lives with his Brazilian wife in a small town in Northern Arizona. Raised by his parents in the small community where they both taught public school, he is a certified teacher with a master’s degree and is currently working as a child advocate in a public school. The author has worn many hats in the past, working as a martial arts instructor, teacher’s and veterinarian’s assistant, substitute and English teacher, lifeguard, hiking director at a summer camp, landscaper, janitor, and as an acupuncturist’s apprentice. In his free time, C’ante Ishta pursues martial arts, meditation, reading, hiking, wildlife conservation, Chinese medicine, and kayaking.
C’ante Ishta has traveled to destinations including; Indian reservations, Communist Cuba, Bob Marley’s former resting place in Jamaica, and all over the American west. He has participated in faith based Healing Prayer, Sweat Lodge ceremonies, and interfaith religious services; the most memorable of all was his opportunity to sing “Amazing Grace” in both English and Lakota with the great, great, great, great granddaughter of the Lakota chief Crazy Horse.
The inspiration to become an author came from the many times C’ante Ishta was fortunate enough to have his life saved and in return save the lives of others.