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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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 Americ
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by Tarcher (first published 1991)
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Jun 18, 2013 Thankful rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This contains a great history of crows & ravens and tells many stories from different cultures regarding their attitudes toward this beautiful birds.
Rena Sherwood
Ravens are my favorite birds. So that means this is a totally biased book review since the book features ravens. Any book that features ravens automatically get a star just for showcasing ravens. This book I liked so much that I bought it twice -- once the original paperback edition (which I lost through life's misadventures) and the 10th anniversary edition.

If you are looking for a book just on how ravens behave then you are screwed. Go elsewhere. This book not only looks at raven behavior (cen
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 al ...more
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Oct 01, 2013 Jenn Basel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book left me feeling disappointed. It was certainly interesting at first, but there is enough factual misinformation (such as the assertion that there was once a singular Great Goddess that all people worshiped, when in fact there is not enough archaeological evidence to support this) that I was left feeling frustrated and unable to read the book cover-to-cover. The information about Native American cultures and stories was interesting, but because it's not my area of expertise and because ...more
Dec 27, 2007 Dani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
Not a bad book for someone wanting a nice overview of raven and crow myths & culture. Half of the book consists of PNW stories from different First Nations peoples, the other half touches briefly on raven/crow behaviour in the wild & in captivity.

A very quick read and contains some enjoyable tidbits.
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Mar 28, 2013 Raven Sky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catherine brings not only the natural history of these beloved and revered birds, she also does an amazing job of bringing their intelligence and humor to life. Adding the folklore and legends that make this book a great read for those who adore these shiny black winged spirits.
Nov 26, 2010 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant award-winning work that educates and entertains. A must read for Nature fans.
Apr 08, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it for its mix of mythology and natural history.
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