The Raven's Gift
In Siberia, the harshest of lands, I met Moolynaut, a shaman of the Koryak people. Through her teachings, my own adventures, and the patient conversations of many men and women, I have begun to see the world as our ancestors saw it, sustainable and full of wonder. Slowly, I am realizing that the lessons and experiences we learn from the people who live in wilderness — and ultimately from Wilderness itself — can guide us through our passages in this oil soaked, internet crazed, madcap world. In 2000, in the remote Siberian village of Vyvenka, I met a Koryak shaman named Moolynaut. A year later, Moolynaut entreated the spirit of a great black raven to help mend my injured pelvis. As scientist, I could find no rational explanation for the healing so I 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 who soars above us on wide black wings.