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Ravensong: A Natural and Fabulous History of Ravens and Crows

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ISBN13: 9781585423576
ISBN10: 1585423572
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From the raven's role as trickster in Native American religion to its capacity to captivate ornithologists and biologists, the raven is an archetype in myth, dream, song, and ritual.

In this beautifully illustrated study, Catherine Feher-Elston looks at ravens and crows in the contexts of Native American folklore, history, and science. Through interviews with Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and other native peoples, and drawing on the most recent ornithological research, Feher-Elston offers a well-rounded consideration of this enigmatic species, bringing to light its roles as messenger, symbol, harbinger, and totem.

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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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Catherine Feher-Elston works extensively with Native American issues and is the author of Children of Sacred Ground: America's Last Indian Wars. She has participated in United Nations studies on the problems of indigenous peoples.

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SudWest, August 30, 2007 (view all comments by SudWest)
Ravensong, an award-winning book in its initial publication in 1992, is an outstanding inter-disciplinary approach to raven ethology, corvid/human inter=relations and the roles ravens play in the parade of human history.

It was a relief to learn that Penguin/Tarcher has released a new edition of this wonderful work. Feher-Elston is an archaeologist and historian who has lived and worked with corvids as a rehabilitator. She presents interesting behavioral insights as well as historical and shamanic information about corvid-human relationships.

For too long, Euro-Americans have regarded the raven as a bird of ill omen. Feher-Elston examines the bird in a broader context, and restores the raven to the rightful and respected role.

Her latest book, Wolfsong, includes segments about wolves and ravens--I look froward to reading that book, too.
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Kirsten, August 18, 2006 (view all comments by Kirsten)
This was kind of a disappointment. The first half of the book is comprised of Native American legends and folklore regarding crows and ravens, and the second half is information about crow and raven behavior. I enjoyed the legends, but I was dubious about the lack of context for many of the stories; Feher-Elston seems to imply that crows and ravens play the same or nearly the same role in all Native American cultures, and at times I felt that this similarity might be exaggerated. Feher-Elston also frequently goes a bit new-agey in both this section and the scientific section, which made me cagey about accepting her information on corvid behavior at face value.
All in all, this was an ok book, just not quite what I was looking for, I guess.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781585423576
Author:
Feher-Elston, Catherine
Publisher:
Tarcher
Illustrator:
Ormsby, Lawrence
Author:
Fehr-Elston, Catharine
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.23x6.16x.60 in. .62 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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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