Roman Guaraguaorix (Redhawk) Perez was born in the mountains of Kiskeya (Dominican Republic) and presently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He is an accomplished indigenous Taino artist, lecturer, storyteller, drummer, singer and respected community/spiritual leader. He is the Kacike (chief) for Maisiti Yukayeke Taino; a tribe of the Taino Nation. Since 1990 Redhawk has participated in Vision Quest, Sundance, Sweat Lodges and Taino ceremonies; throughout his experiences, he has grown into the spiritual leader he is today and end of life doula .
Roman Guaraguaorix comes from a long linage of and healers in his family. Roman works with the sacred plant medicines help people with there own healing physical , emotional ,spiritual and mental, helping open their own consciousness to the sacred plant..
He now facilitates and leads such ceremonies as; Vision Quest, Lodges and Taino ceremonies, he continues to use his indigenous teachings to help the people. Redhawk has done presentations on Northern and Taino native teachings at notable institutions, including major universities, public schools, The Peabody Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian Native American Museum and a certified fire starter for the White Bison recovery program, a program to help Native people deal with the grips of addiction.
Inspired by the beautiful sounds of Taino instruments (log drums, shell, gourd rattles and conch shells) he also does presentations through song and dance. Redhawk enjoys doing art work such as; working with feathers and painting with acrylics and other mediums.Creating Taino and other Native works. He also enjoys working with pottery and is distributor for Taino pottery art.