The Raven's Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 19, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Noted scientist and kayak adventurer undertakes a journey of spiritual healing

Jon Turk has kayaked around Cape Horn and paddled across the Pacific Ocean to retrace the voyages of ancient people. But, the strangest trip he ever took was the journey he made as a man of science into the realm of the spiritual. In a remote Siberian village, Turk met an elderly Koryak shaman named Moolynaut who invoked the help of a Spirit Raven to mend his fractured pelvis. When the healing was complete, he was able to walk without pain. Turk, finding no rational explanation, sought understanding by traversing the frozen tundra where Moolynaut was born, camping with bands of reindeer herders, and recording stories of their lives and spirituality. Framed by high adventure across the vast and forbidding Siberian landscape, The Raven's Gift creates a vision of natural and spiritual realms interwoven by one man's awakening.


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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

What I liked most about this book is the portrayal of the people and land of Siberia. I learned so much about the economy, lifestyle and culture of the Koryak people. I was struck by the similarites ... Read full review

THE RAVEN'S GIFT: A Scientist, a Shaman and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Canadian science writer and outdoor adventurer Turk (In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific, 2005, etc.) explores metaphysical and anthropological territory on ... Read full review


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JON TURK is the author of twenty-five environmental and earth science text books and two previous adventure travel books. He is a world-class adventurer whose expeditions are backed by Necky Kayaks, for whom he serves as a national spokesman. He writes frequently for many different magazines and alternates his time between Fernie, British Columbia and Darby, Montana.

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