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Before his death in 2019, cultural anthropologist, author, and radio producer Richard K. Nelson's work focused primarily on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and, more generally, on the relationships between people and nature. Nelson lived for extended periods in Athabaskan and Alaskan Eskimo villages, experiences which inspired his earliest written works, including Hunters of the Northern Ice.

In Raven's Witness, Lentfer tells Nelson's story - from his midwestern childhood to his first experiences with Native culture in Alaska through his own lifelong passion for the land where he so belonged. Nelson was the author of the best-selling The Island Within and Heart and Blood. The recipient of multiple honorary degrees and numerous literary awards, he regularly packed auditoriums when he spoke. His depth of experience allowed him to become an intermediary between worlds. This is his story.

©2020 Hank Lentfer (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 14-02-2021

Selfless & Introspective

Amazing man. I wish everyone could be this selfless and introspective. His care for the world around him should be taught in the schools.

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  • 24-01-2021

Beautifully written memoir

So good I read it twice. I don’t typically go for autobiographies but I had heard of Richard Nelson through another book by a different author. This memoir is beautifully written and captivated me instantly. I held onto every word. I was thankful to be able to experience the richness of Richard’s life, join on his amazing adventures and experience a different culture that I’ve always admired. What a fabulous book.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 27-12-2020

Captures the pleasure of natural human experience

Honest and wonderfully written. Highly recommend this book and am going to read his other writings.

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