Crows and people share similar traits and social strategies. To a surprising extent, to know the crow is to know ourselves. Yet this influence is not unidirectional, say the authors of this fascinating book: people profoundly influence crow culture, ecology, and evolution as well. John Marzluff and Tony Angell examine the often surprising ways that crows and humans interact.
In the Company of Crows and Ravens
The authors contend that those interactions reflect a process of cultural coevolution. They offer a challenging new view of the human-crow dynamica view that may change our thinking not only about crows but also about ourselves. Featuring more than original drawings, the book takes a close look at the influences people have had on the lives of crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows have altered human lives. In the "Company of Crows" "and ""Ravens" illuminates the entwined histories of crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion of the crow-human relationship and how our attitudes toward crows may affect our cultural trajectory.
Orians, University of Washington -Gordon H. Orians "Throughout human history, crows have been reviled and revered in equal measure.
Now the corvids of folklore and fable are living up to their reputation for cleverness, trickery and ingenuity. Marzluff and Angell's wonderful book is a user's guide to the biology and culture of these fascinating animals and a testament to man's affinity with nature. But these covids are also reknowned for their wisdom as well as their deceit.
Layne Maheu's Song of the Crow is a lyrical meditation on the relationship between humankind and the heavens, from the point of view of a crow, which sounds extremely deep. And it is. Maheu works as a carpenter.
Song of the Crow is his first novel. John Marzluff's In the Company of Crows and Ravens is a non-fiction work offering a satellite view of the corvid bird family.
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It pays particular attention to the American Crow -its evolution, biology, complex social rituals, tool-handling capabilities, and communication skills. Both authors will read selections from their books, speak about how the fact supports the fiction, answer questions and sign books. From the moment that he looks down on the ancient gray head of Noah, who is swinging his stone axe, the narrating crow in this unique and remarkable epic knows that these creators called Man are trouble. He senses, too, that the natural order of things is about to change.
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