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Ravensong

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 Nativ ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1991)
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Thankful
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This contains a great history of crows & ravens and tells many stories from different cultures regarding their attitudes toward this beautiful birds.
Paul Haspel
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ravens
Ravens are not just Corvus corax, a species of bird that can be analyzed in terms of taxonomy. The raven, one of the most intelligent of all birds, is also a bird that has a particularly strong presence in myth, religion, literature, and folklore. And Catherine Feher-Elston takes pains to emphasize the mythic and mystical dimensions of the raven in her book Ravensong.

Feher-Elston, who has written extensively about Native American issues, places a strong focus on the role of the raven in Native A
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Mike
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Uneven but ultimately interesting collection of folklore and mythology surrounding Corvids. Some research I am doing for a potential short story or novel is taking me in some very strange reading directions, as the crow flies.
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
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Kirsten
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Dani
Dec 27, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Raven Sky
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Raven
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant award-winning work that educates and entertains. A must read for Nature fans.
Richard
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Liked it for its mix of mythology and natural history.
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