Cowinde is an Aiel gai'shain held by Melaine. Before being taken gai'shain, she was a Far Dareis Mai. She is past her year and a day in the white of gai'shain, but refuses to resume her rightful place in Aiel society.
Cowinde has deep blue eyes.
Cowinde was the gai'shain often sent by Melaine and the Wise Ones to fetch Egwene al'Vere when she was an apprentice to the Aiel women. Cowinde once served Egwene supper, but found her asleep and alerted the Wise Ones. In an effort to shame Cowinde into putting off the white, Melaine sends her to do useless work, much the same as a da'tsang. Cowinde, along with Doilan and Rodera, serve breakfast in Amys' tent to the Wise Ones. Before Egwene departs for Salidar, she gives Cowinde a note to take to Gawyn Trakand at The Long Man, an inn in Cairhien.