Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit

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Magic Words describes a world where humans and animals share bodies and
languages, where the world of the imagination mixes easily with the physical. It
began as a story that told how the Inuit people came to be and became a legend
passed from generation to generation. In...
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Overview


Magic Words describes a world where humans and animals share bodies and
languages, where the world of the imagination mixes easily with the physical. It
began as a story that told how the Inuit people came to be and became a legend
passed from generation to generation. In translation it grew from myth to poem.
The text comes from expedition notes recorded by Danish explorer Knud
Rasmussen in 1921. Edward Field got a copy from the Harvard Library and
translated it into English.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983290476
  • Publisher: VanitaBooks LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Unknown author. The translator is Edward Field. In the 1960s he was asked to
translate a book of Inuit Eskimo poems for a teaching program. He received many
honors for his poetry and toured the country reading at universities as well as The
Library of Congress. He lives in New York City with his blind partner with whom he
has collaborated on several novels under their pseudonym Bruce Elliot.
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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Magic words  VantiaBooks, translated into English Edward Field ¿

    Magic words 
    VantiaBooks, translated into English Edward Field
    “Magic words” is a short book with colorful pictures and bright colors, giving a lesson of looking for the magic in life.  “Magic words” is a good book for small children, and a good first reader. Teachers can use this book as an introduction to mythology of Native American culture.  

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    Overall the poem was a little too complex for my daughter, but I

    Overall the poem was a little too complex for my daughter, but I'm sure that's because she's still so young (3 1/2). She mostly wanted to point out every detail she noticed in the pictures. The text wasn't completely lost on her, though; she was still able to grasp bits and pieces of the poem. One page shows a group of people with arms raised to the sky, fish raining down from above. The text here reads: A word spoken by chance / Might have strange consequences / It would suddenly come alive / And what people wanted to happen could happen. My daughter exclaimed, "They wished for food, because they were so hungry!" I can tell this book will be one that continually challenges both of us, always giving us something new to consider or imagine. It's not the kind of book you read once or twice and then forget.

    Even adults will find that this text stretches the mind. It feeds the imagination in endless ways, encouraging those who hear it to consider strange, beautiful possibilities and complex truths. Mike Blanc's illustrations are absolutely stunning, creatively supporting the text and perfectly capturing its mysticism.

    For further reading: While reading Magic Words, it was easy to understand why Edward Field was captivated by Inuit stories. Adults may want to look into reading his Songs and Stories of the Eskimos.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

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