TROY, Ohio — Zane Lerma-Switzer learned about his Native American heritage from his father’s side three years ago and since then the 20-year-old has been sharing and educating others on the popular social media platform TikTok.
“We are descendants of the Aztecs,” said Zane Lerma-Switzer, a ICT Tac Trojan star. “My ancestors built Mexico City Tenochtitlan.”
When Lerma-Switzer learned of his Native American heritage, it sparked endless curiosity and inspired him to teach others on TikTok.
“It just popped into my head. I asked one of my classmates if he knew about the native tribes in Ohio. They said no,” Lerma-Switzer said. We don’t teach indigenous history at all in schools. And that really frustrated me. From that moment until now, my vision has been to educate people.”
Dozens of videos later, the 20-year-old Troy High School graduate has gone viral.
Lerma-Switzer currently has 143,000 followers and 3.6 million likes on TikTok.
“I didn’t expect it to go this far in a million years,” Lerma-Switzer said. just educating people.”
Lerma-Switzer said her mother and grandmother loved her fame on TikTok.
While he hopes to continue creating content and educating others, he aspires to one day go to school to become a pharmacist.
Lerma-Switzer says that with the support of his family and friends, he also hopes his other side project will eventually see the light of day.
“For about a year, I’ve been writing a history book about the things I discovered,” Lerma-Switzer said. “I hope to release it soon in the future, because I feel like it would be such an amazing release not just for me and Native Americans, but for everyone.”