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Trail Of Feathers Paperback

Author : Tahir Shah
ISBN : 9781291528008
Genre : Travel
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Enthralled by the chronicle of a 16th-century Spanish monk, which said that the Incas 'flew like birds' over the jungle, and by the recurring theme of flying in Peruvian folklore, Tahir Shah set out to discover whether the Incas really did fly or glide above the jungles of Peru. Or was it flight of a different kind, inspired by powerful drugs? The long quest begins in the mountains of Peru, with a trek to Machu Picchu, the Incas' most sacred city. Then on to the coast and through the desert, to the immense animal-like etchings which form the Nazca Lines and a remote burial ground for 30,000 mummified corpses. And finally to an epic river-journey up the Amazon to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery. Even for a traveller so used to surreal adventures, there are many strange encounters - some gruesome, some hilarious - among madmen and dreamers, sorcerers, con-men and jungle experts, before he can at last discover the truth about the Birdmen of Peru.
Category: Travel

Trail Of Feathers In Search Of The Birdmen Of Peru

Author : Tahir Shah
ISBN : 9781783011025
Genre : Incas
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Enthralled by a line from the chronicle of a sixteenth-century monk, which said that the Incas 'flew like birds' over the jungle, and by the recurring theme of flying in Peruvian folklore, Tahir Shah set out to discover whether the Incas really did flyor glide above the jungles of Peru. Or was the Spanish cleric alluding to flight of a different kind - flight inspired by a powerful hallucinogen? After gathering equipment in London - and advice, not least from Wilfred Thesiger - the long quest begins. First, to the mountains of Peru and a trek to Machu Picchu, the Incas' most sacred city. Then on to the mountain city of Cusco and a mysterious island on the great glittering expanse of Lake Titicaca. Picking up clues as he goes, the author's trail takes him on to the coast and through the desert, to the immense animal-like etchings which form the Nazca Lines, and a remote burial ground for 30,000 mummified corpses. And finally to an epic river journey up the Amazon to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of infamous savagery living in the deep jungle of the Upper Amazon. In the course of this journey we learn much about the Spanish treatment of the Incas, about Peruvian folklore and magic, about the great but brief Amazon rubber boom of the nineteenth century, about head-shrinking, shamanic knowledge and plant-based hallucinogens. Even for a traveller so used to surreal adventures, there are many strange encounters and physical challenges - gruesome but often hilarious - among madmen and dreamsers, sorcerers, con-men and jungle experts, before Tahir Shah can at last discover the truth about the Birdmen of Peru.
Category: Incas

A Trail Of Feathers

Author : Tracey Damron
ISBN : 1481182951
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A true story about one woman's journey of love, death, murder, political power, deception, the supernatural, and consciousness. Tracey Damron was born into a life of privilege, a life that seemed destined to continue on its path when she married Steve Nunn, the son of a former governor of Kentucky. What follows, however is something quite a bit different than what she expected. Thrust into a world of love, death, murder, political power, and deception, she watches as five men she loves die. In the end, the only way to survive- and thrive- is to turn inward and gather strength from within. A mesmerizing tale that is as uplifting as it is unsettling, this autobiographical journey from shell- shocked socialite to spiritually enlightened shaman is almost too incredible to believe- yet it is entirely true. Guided by the recurring appearance of real- life feathers, she is able to see a different path for herself-and is strong enough to follow it. Damron's fearlessness in opening up the details of her past and the contents of the diary she kept is an extraordinary look behind the scenes of a very public family. Exposing the core of the American Dream gone septic as it demonstrates how to transcend circumstances to attain a greater, more loving spiritual abundance, her profoundly moving story will open your heart to the orders of your life's possibilities. Tracey L. Damron was married to Kentucky politians Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott and convicted murder ex-state representative Steve Nunn, the son of Kentucky legend and former governor Louie B. Nunn. Through these experiences of death, Tracey has come to realize that it doesn't take a near-death experience to see the Light. Death has served her as a teacher, opening Tracey to the Light during her life journey.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Trail Of Feathers

Author : Robert Rivard
ISBN : 9780786735099
Genre : History
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In December 1998, San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True vanished during a solo backcountry trek in western Mexico, home of the reclusive Huichol Indians and the Chapalagana, the Twisted Serpent Canyon, a 150-mile long gash that twists and plunges through the heart of the Sierra Madre. Five days later his editor, Robert Rivard, was part of a small search party that, nearly miraculously, tracked a trail of feathers that had leaked from True's sleeping bag to find his body. Trail of Feathers is the story of the search for True and of the quest to bring his killers to justice. It is also the story of another perplexing mystery: Why had True taken such a dangerous trip, into such a raw, uncivilized wilderness, alone and without sufficient safety preparations, in the first place? After an unhappy and unsettled youth, True was at the age of fifty finally settling down to a career and a wife he loved. His first child was about to be born. What was he running from, or to? Rivard's search for answers to these questions leads him deep into the Sierra Madre Occidental, one of Mexico's last true wildernesses, and deep into the secrets of Philip True's past. It also leads him into his own past, and an acknowledgment of the ways in which his life and True's mirrored each other. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and moving, Trail of Feathers is more than a true crime tale; it's a classic tragedy about how the past reverberates destructively into the present — for individuals, for cultures, for nations.
Category: History

When Turtle Grew Feathers

Author : Tim Tingle
ISBN : 0874837774
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A Native American version of the big race between the turtle and the hare shows that it was not being slow and steady that won turtle the big race.
Category: Juvenile Fiction


Author : Thor Hanson
ISBN : 9780465023462
Genre : Nature
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Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told. In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us? Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and they are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. And they have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen. Feathers is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this most enchanting object.
Category: Nature

Eye Spy

Author : Tahir Shah
ISBN : 9781291578393
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Sorcerer S Apprentice

Author : Tahir Shah
ISBN : 9781628721317
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An apprentice to one of India’s greatest illusionists shares the tricks of the trade in this extraordinary travelogue through modern India. Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the amazing story of Tahir Shah’s improbable apprenticeship to one of India’s master conjurers, Hakim Feroze, and his initiation into the brotherhood of Indian godmen. Told with self-deprecating wit and an eye for the outlandish, it is a surprising account of a magical journey across India. Feroze teaches the Shah the basics of his craft, such as sleights of hand, immersing his hands in boiling oil and lead, and—Aaron’s old trick from the Bible—turning a rod into a serpent. To complete his training and prove himself, Shah is sent on a quest to discover the ways illusion is manifested in every corner of the subcontinent. Saddled with a hilarious sidekick and guide he calls the Trickster, Shah travels from Calcutta to Madras, from Bangalore to Bombay. Even as he recounts the most miraculous and bizarre feats of the sadhus, sages, sorcerers, avatars, fortune-tellers, healers, hypnotists, and humbugs he encounters, he reveals—and admires—the imagination and resourcefulness ordinary Indians deploy in order to survive. In this incredible book, Tahir Shah lifts the veil on the East’s most puzzling miracles and exposes a side of India that most never imagine exists. “By turns enrapturing and disquieting, droll and poignant.” —Booklist, starred review “Vivid, lurid and amusing.” —Publishers Weekly
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Feather Thief

Author : Kirk Wallace Johnson
ISBN : 9781101981627
Genre : Nature
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“Fascinating from the first page to the last—you won’t be able to put it down.” —Southern Living A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief. On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
Category: Nature

Trail Of Broken Wings

Author : Sejal Badani
ISBN : 1477822089
Genre : Fiction
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When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she'd fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay. Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father--the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence--remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets. Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.
Category: Fiction