RED ROAD WARRIORS is a Mescalero Apache brother and sister performance group consisting of acoustic live contemporary Native American music. The mission is to inspire respect and change for a better earth through ceremonial dances that honor the elements of life and share the knowledge of the ancestors through theatrical musical performance and creative expression. Visit their website here for audio samples.
The vision is for mankind to return to living in sync with nature by sharing the Native American way of life with the people of the world.
It is important to be respectful of the earth which we come from, all life that lives upon it, and love that brings it all together. The vision is intended to remind us that the sincere love for oneself, each other and the universe is the divine order of all things.
Leon Cuauhltonal “Werika Tu Tu Xari”
(Composer, Producer, Artistic Director and Performer - Live drums and Vocals)
Leon is a Mescalero Apache from Yanawana, the land of the sacred waters; otherwise known as San Antonio, Texas. He studied music in high school and college and began touring as a drummer in underground rock groups. He went on to become a producer and composer, moving to NYC to compose and produce music for off-Broadway theater productions from the likes of Chashama Theatre, New Victory Theatre, Henry Miller Theatre, and the Smithsonian NYC. He is a creator of progressive Native American performances and an acrobatic dancing drum group called Tribal Fire Dance Theater. His latest work is can be described as a unique blend of pre-hispanic dance in Northern and Central American Native styles. Leon is also the music director for Heather Henson's production FLIGHT- A Crane’s Story.
Elaine is a Mescalero Apache from Yanawana and co-founder of Red Road Warriors. She grew up with a great love for music and studied many different instruments throughout high school and college. Elaine attended the Juilliard School of Music Technology. She is featured on the Ghosthorse Soundtrack for the movie SACRED GROUND (The Theatre for the New City, NYC, Amaruka 2007) and Amerindians: The Return (2012). Elaine performed vocables at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations indigenous PFII, the Smithsonian American Indian House in NYC, and at Saint John the Divine First Peoples' Day.
Tiokasin was a radio journalist and host of First Voices Indigenous Radio in New York on WBAI NY 99.5 FM from 1992 to 2013. He has performed world-wide as a master flautist and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, and at numerous universities and concerts. He opened Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration at Madison Square Garden on May 3rd, 2009. Ghosthorse spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations Conference on Human Rights International Covenant on economic, social, and cultural rights in Geneva, Switzerland. He is visiting scholar at Cornell University’s School of Medicine, NY, and sits on the panel of Cultures on the Air at Harvard University; an initiative seeking to connect Indigenous radio.
Kris “Halo” Pierce
Kris graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, AZ, and has been at the audio helm for Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, and the French Consulate, to name a few. He was most recently the production audio engineer for Julie Taymor's off-broadway smash hit, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and writes music for Viacom Media Corporation.