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

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Jon Turk has kayaked around Cape Horn, traversed the Northwest Passage and paddled across the Pacific Rim. But,the strangesttripheever took wasthe journey he made as a man of science into the realm of the spiritual. In 2000, in the remote Siberian village of Vyvenka, Jon Turkmet an elderly woman namedMoolynaut, a Koryak shaman, and learned abouther voyages to the spirit wo ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Diane C.
Jun 18, 2012 Diane C. rated it it was amazing

This is not just about Jon Turks journey with the shaman and the healing. This book is a very moving, thoughtful treatise on life, spirituality, the modern world versus nature, our relationships with others at every level, and an engrossing tale of one man's adventures in the wilderness.

Most of the book takes place on the Siberian peninsula, where Turk journeys and befriends the Koryuk people, a fishing and reindeer herder culture which has been pillaged numerous times by the Soviets in the last
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Barbara McVeigh
An insight into the power of right-brained thinking. Plus travel, the spirit world and healing.

"[E]xpeditions provide an area where we are forced to use our right brains to intuit complex situations in mysterious landscapes" (125).

"For those who love to travel, motion is like a familiar place" (220).
FrankO
Apr 04, 2012 FrankO rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual, adventure
Amazing story about the author's quest.

I put a short excerpt on my blog: Excerpt from The Raven's Gift
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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 who, in addition to his kayak expeditions, has climbed big walls in the Canadian Arctic, mountain biked across the Mongolian Gobi, and skied high peaks throughout the world. He writes frequently for many different magazines and alternates his time ...more
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