Curandero Don Marcial was born in an indigenous community outside Riberalta in 1937. His parents are both Tacana natives that migrated from the Ixiamos region at the height of the rubber boom at the beginning of the 20th century.
Don Marcial, the youngest of his three brothers, discovered many of the jungles’ mysteries and developed a deep spiritual connection with the Amazon from a very young age. By the age of 10, he would accompany his brothers for excursions that could last months, surviving on the abundance of fruits, fish and nuts they found along the way.
Despite his 81 years of age, Don Marcial is extremely fit and spends most days working in his gardens. He leads ceremonies and has the ability to concentrate and chant for many hours. He is extremely attentive to participants and Pisatahua guests often comment of his strength and warmth.
Don Marcial is windowed and the father of 16 children. He lives a 15 minute drive from Pisatahua, inside the Aquicuana Reserve (Bolivia), with many of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.