Cultural Foundations and Ontological Models of ​Classical Siberian Shamanism

Lineage of Teachings

UmtahuThe nature and language of the drum

2019 Lunar Calendar

Spirits from the
Edge of the World

Shamanic Healing Practices of the Ulchi

Ancient DNA and the Modern Ulchi People

​​​​​​Video Documentation of the Ulchi People

Additional Resources, Articles, And maps

​​​Appointment Fees

On-going studies for private students and groups:

Weekly $500/month
4 - 90 minute sessions

Bi-monthly $300/month

2 - 90 minute sessions

Monthly $200/month
1 - 90 minute session

Groups range from 2 to 5 students only.

For more information about  the class structure, please email

The parentage of instruction is compiled from various family systems of Manchu-Tungus Classical shamanism. These teachings have been revealed by the last successors and their lineal descendants.


The classes are structured upon the theories and practice of the Manchu-Tungus groups of Eastern Siberia. These oral histories trace their early beginnings back to the Late Pleistocene/Early Neolithic period of human habitation in the Amur River region and the Prehistoric Maritime cultures of the Okhotsk Sea.



All classes are either held in my office or through Skype or other on-line alternatives. All written and audio materials are provided for all class settings whether you are an individual student or part of a group.

Requirements: You own, or have access to, a drum and a copy of the book Spirits from the Edge of the World: Classical Shamanism in Ulchi Society.






Jan Van Ysslestyne  teaches the cultural foundations and classical shamanistic traditions of the Ulchi peoples of the Amur River region, Eastern Siberia.


She is a fluent speaker in the Southern dialect of the Manchu-Tungus language spoken by this group. She lectures through the University of Washington,  Burke Museum, Antioch, and Bastyr College in Seattle, Washington.  She also presents classes open to the general public in various venues. Her publications have appeared in both Shaman's Drum and Sacred Hoop magazine. She is a contributing author to the book "First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim," University of Washington Press. She recently authored "Spirits from the Edge of the World," Pathfinder Communications.  Published in August 2018, it is the first ethnographic manuscript that explores the details and practice of animistic shamanism in this region of Eastern Siberia.

Photograph of Grandmother Nadia Duvan with drum.
Photograph of Grandfather Misha Duvan playing drum.
Photograph of Grandmother Tika Valdu Anga with her drum.