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Birds of mystery, intelligence, and curiosity, ravens and crows have fascinated humans for untold centuries. In this first in a series of beautifully illustrated books that celebrate the power and beauty of the animal kingdom, Catherine Feher-Elston considers the raven in the contexts of mythology, folklore, history, and science. From the raven's role as trickster in Native American religion to his ability to captivate ornithologists and biologists with his intriguing behaviors, Ravensong pays tribute to the ...

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Birds of mystery, intelligence, and curiosity, ravens and crows have fascinated humans for untold centuries. In this first in a series of beautifully illustrated books that celebrate the power and beauty of the animal kingdom, Catherine Feher-Elston considers the raven in the contexts of mythology, folklore, history, and science. From the raven's role as trickster in Native American religion to his ability to captivate ornithologists and biologists with his intriguing behaviors, Ravensong pays tribute to the elegance and grandeur of two of America's most ubiquitous avian species.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585423576
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/13/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

An archaeologist and historian, Catherine Feher-Elston has lived and worked among many of the world's indigenous peoples. She is the author of Wolfsong: A Natural and Fabulous History of Wolves. Feher Elston currently lives high above the Stillwater River in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. She is the chair of communications at Chief Dull Knife college, where she directs the Little Wolf Writing and History Center.

Illustrator Lawrence Ormsby's and designer Carole Thickstun's award-winning work has appeared in books and trail guides for more than thirty national parks. Ormsby's artwork, including original etchings and lithographs, is featured on www.ormsbythickstun.com.

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Table of Contents

Ravensong introductory note : Penguin edition
I Myth time
Raven's world 9
II Transition and transformation
Shaman's world 57
III Science and law
A separated world 105
IV Modern manifestations
Today's world 157
Epilogue : in the shadow of the raven 185
Afterword : a personal Corvid odyssey 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Excellent blend of story and science

    This book will appeal to those who straddle the fence separating mundane life from our spiritual one.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Truth about ravens revealed!

    This is an extraordinary book--a tribute to the multi-faceted aspects of our corvid brethren. From traditional stories and myths about the birds to raven and cros ethologies and the role of corvids in history, literature and lawm it is a masterpiece.

    Beautifully written and illustrated, it is a must-read for bird lovers and all who honor NAture.

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