Some background on Nico Wind's heiratage and history.
Who is Nico Wind Cordova?
"A Feather To Fly By".
Song carrier Nico Wind Cordova, is Assiniboine/Ojibwa and Lakota.
The Assiniboine people are known as “the people who cook with stones" and are woodland peoples, a nomadic Nakota tribe that traveled with their dogs and horses throughout the northern plains region and up into Canada. The Ojibwe, also more commonly known as Chippewa in the United States, are located in eastern Canada and the Great Lakes region. There is a lot of French influence in both tribes of Nico's lineage. Nico is connected to the Assiniboine and the Canadian Algonquin band of the Ojibwe tribes by blood as well as the Turtle Mountain and Little Shell bands of the Chippewa tribes by marriage. She is also the adopted daughter of the late Charles Fast Horse who was a Lakota Medicine Man from the Black Hills of South Dakota.
All of these tribes migrated with the animals for the season changes and had a very close relationship with the natural world.
Nico was raised by her mother and aunt in Portland, Oregon.
She went to several schools but primarily stayed with M.L.C (Metropolitan Learning Center) through grade school and then went on to Adams (Quincy) High school until her mother, English teacher, Anne Morin, took a teaching job and moved to Hays, Montana, in part to help Nico realize the missing part of her heritage. After attending and finishing high school in Hays at Fort Belknap Reservation in Hays, Nico hit the road as a full blood musician. She has been a traveling professional musician and bandleader for over 30 years. Her experiences took her and her bands of up to 13 members throughout the United States and abroad. Later on in life, Nico learned more about her culture through her adopted father Charles Fast Horse, a Lakota Sioux artist and spiritual leader of South Dakota. Charles took her to the graves of the people who died defending their people. It was at Wounded Knee and Bear Butte that she found her connection to who and where she came from.
Some of the many facets of Nico's life include performing, appearing as band leader, lead singer, backup singer, and guitarist at nationally known clubs around the United States, Hawaii and Canada, and opening for legendary artists such as Ray Charles, BB King, The Coasters, and Chaka Kahn to name a few. Nico has written music and lyrics for a number of songs, one of which won a local award She is a published song writer and music director for Wisdom of the elders radio, Discovering our story TV, and several other video programs. Nico started her own record label, Arrow Records, producing her own CD demo, "A Feather to Fly By." at age 15. Later she helped produced and marketed recordings for her husband at the time, Native American flute player, Ward Stroud. Aside from the obvious accolades,
Nico feels grateful and very blessed to have shared space and time with some of the most talented unsung hero's on the planet.
Nico has performed for a number of organizations, benefits and events such as Wisdom of the Elders galas, Art Train with Portland Art Museum, Zonta International Auction, Native American chamber of commerce, Portland Metro's Camemah Community Children's Park opening. Portland's Blues Festival and Rose Festivals and many more.
Nico has written monthly articles for Positively Entertainment and Dining newspaper.
Nico owned and operated one of the only karaoke retail stores in Oregon (Nico's Karaoke Pony) for more than seventeen years and continues to operate it now from her home in Milwaukie OR.
Nico married Seth Cordova in 2003 and together bought their first home where they now live with four Australian Shepherd dogs they call their "4 legged children".
Nico's performances and presentations include all age groups and types of audiences. She has stories to share of her life's experiences on and off the reservation. She feels honored to be called a song carrier. She continues to learn the songs of her relatives. Sources of songs come from the reservation, dreams, memories, friends of a number of different tribes, old tapes of family members and other elders. Nico has a beautiful memory about when she was living on the reservation when some of the other kids were giving her a hard time about being a ‘breed' (half breed) and she cried to her grandmother about how the insults were hurting her. Her grandmother asked, “Which half is Indian and which half is not?” Nico replied that she was all mixed up together. Her grandmother said, “You're not a "breed", then, you're all mixed up!” Nico laughed. The grandma then got really serious and said, “You are a horizon child. Part of you lives in the great grandfather sky and part of you lives where the sky touches the earth. And because of that, my girl, you will never be any one thing that is not beautiful.” The grandma embraced her for a long moment with her wonderful, unconditional love. Nico will never forget her words.
Nico always tries to honor the spirituality of her culture with her music. She believes in giving something back to the universe for the blessings and wisdom she has received as a human being. As an artist, song carrier, and animal advocate, Nico feels that our existence depends on what beauty we share and leave behind when our time here has come full circle. Nico Wind Cordova lives on the horizon and sings with the Horse and Wolf spirits, the moon and stars.