Joseph Roy Sheppherd was born into a family of California cattle ranchers and fruit farmers and from an early age has been interested in the diversity of cultures and religions in the world. He studied at the University of California, and the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in England. As a cultural and linguistic anthropologist this interest allowed him to travel to remote jungles and deserts and reside among various indigenous peoples in Central and South America, Central Asia and West Africa. For a while he carried out underwater archaeological surveys and served as the curator of the National Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum of Equatorial Guinea. More recently he has served as a museum anthropologist and project coordinator of the River Eagle Canoe Project, which endeavours to reintroduce traditional canoe-building technologies to the Ichishkiin, Kiksht, and Numu speaking peoples of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. At the beginning of this long journey, Joseph chanced upon and embraced the Baha’i Faith, which has proven to be the focus of his life for the past fifty-something years. He is author of several books and continues to write and speak about his encounters and discoveries. He and his wife now live in Trnava, Slovakia, where Joseph divides his time among writing and a variety of development projects.