The Raven's Gift

A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness

Jon Turk

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Jon Turk has kayaked around Cape Horn, traversed the Northwest Passage and paddled across the Pacific Rim.  But, the strangest trip he ever took was the journey he made as a man of science into the realm of the spiritual.  In 2000, in the remote Siberian village of Vyvenka, Jon Turk met an elderly woman named Moolynaut, a Koryak shaman, and learned about her voyages to the spirit world.  A year later, Moolynaut entreated the spirit of a great, black raven to help mend his pelvis, which had been previously fractured in a mountaineering accident.  When the healing was complete, Turk was able to walk without pain.  Turk, a scientist, could find no rational explanation for the healing and the experience changed his life, irrevocably altering his view of the connectivity between the natural and spiritual worlds.  Searching for the spirit raven, he traversed 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 is a life-altering vision of the ties between the natural and spiritual realms, informed by one man’s awakening and guided by the ancient spirit bird with wide black wings and the power to heal.

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Raven's Gift
Part 1To Vyvenka by KayakI have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. 
--Lone Man, Teton SiouxA Walk with My Dog: Spring 1970Forty years ago, I was a research chemist, working at night, in the absence of sunlight, buffered against all vagaries of weather by a precise climate control system. In an effort to probe into the nature of the chemical bond, that much studied but still mysterious collection of forces that holds all matter together, I blasted molecules apart with a beam of high-energy electrons and then accelerated

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"The northern lights have indeed seen strange sights, but none quite compare to Jon Turk's adventures on the frozen tundra of Kamchatka. There he encounters a great-great-grandmother spiritual healer who mends his body of damage sustained in a long-ago skiing accident. The tension between his own logical scientific background and the mysterious shamanistic wisdom of his healer is at the heart of this wonderfully-told story of Koryak life and his own personal transformation."--Henry Pollack, author of A World Without Ice and Uncertain Science...Uncertain World

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Jon Turk

JON TURK is the author of twenty-five environmental and earth science text books and two previous adventure travel books. He alternates his time between Fernie, British Columbia and Darby, Montana.

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

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312611774
ISBN10: 0312611773
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes one map
$17.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
January 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312540210
ISBN10: 0312540213
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes one map
$27.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
January 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429964708
ISBN10: 1429964707
336 pages, Includes one map
$9.99
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