"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." ~ Dakota proverb
Love. Ancient Wisdom. Reconciling, Building Bridges.
The RiverWinds are a dynamic, down-to-earth couple with a well-grounded enthusiasm for life. Both survivors of their own personal Trail of Tears, the RiverWinds are resilient overcomers that focus on forgiveness, reconciliation and love. Steeped in creativity, art, science, history and culture, their exotic flavor of life is palatable to people of all ages and walks of life.
Joseph RiverWind is enrolled Arawak Taino on his home island of Boriken (Puerto Rico) and was appointed as a Peace Chief by the elders of his community. Joseph is also of Sephardic Jewish (Bnei-Anusim) ancestry from Northern Spain whose ancestors fled the Inquisition. He is an honorably discharged Active Duty and National Guard U.S. Army veteran having been deployed on humanitarian missions.
Dr. Laralyn RiverWind has bloodlines from the Creek, Cherokee, Irish and Scottish tribes and embraces her cultural heritages as a way of life. She is a Tekina leader, women's rights activist and Ambassador among the Marshallese and other indigenous tribes.
"The Chief is considered to be the most learned, and the leader of the tribe. The Doctor, however, is thought to have more inspiration." ~ Sarah Winnemucca Paiute (1844-1891)
Chief RiverWind holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Mercer University where he graduated cum laude and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies. He is currently pursuing another Masters degree in Emergency Response.
Dr. Laralyn RiverWind is a naturopath and master herbalist. Prior to that, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Valdosta State University where she graduated summa cum. Laralyn is the former Vice-President of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Natural Products Association and has spoken on multiple entrepreneurial panels including the 2012 GREAT Leadership Retreat Panel where she represented a growth company. She is the subject of a biographical chapter in the book A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur’s Spirit (Native American Women Entrepreneurs Edition) by Jeretta Nord, winner of the Best of 2010 Small Business Book Awards. Chief Joseph is a published author of the book “That’s What the Old Ones Say” and Laralyn contributed. �
"Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide." War Chief Tecumsah, Shawnee Nation & Muskogee (1768-1813)
The RiverWinds are multi-award-winning musicians. Their album "Tribal Thunder" won the Native American Music Award for Best Rock Recording of 2011. They have produced and recorded three CD’s. He plays the guitar and bagpipes. She tinkers on the Celtic harp. They both play the Native American flute and hand drum. He is an instructor of the Native American flute. Together they founded the band The Blessed Blend in which they are lead vocalists. Chief Joseph was named Taino Musician of the Year by The Areito National Music Awards (2013).
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