Temple of Understanding celebrating our 61st Anniversary in 2021
Roman Guaraguaorix (Redhawk) Perez was born in the mountains of Kiskeya, Dominican Republic and presently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is a respected community/spiritual leader and accomplished indigenous Taino artist, lecturer, storyteller, drummer and singer. 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.
Roman Guaraguaorix comes from a long linage of farmers and healers in his family. Roman works with the sacred tobacco to help people with there own healing physical , emotional, spiritual and mental, helping open their own consciousness to various sacred plant medicines.
Roman Redhawk facilitates and leads such ceremonies as; Vision Quest, Lodges ,Taino ceremonies as well as healing Retreats , 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. Roman is also an End of Life counselor and doula . He enjoys doing art work such as; working with feathers and painting with acrylics and other mediums, creating Taino and other Native works. Roman Redhawk is a curator and artist .
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