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Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit

Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit - Vanita Oelschlager,  Mike Blanc (Illustrator)
bookshelves: winter-20152016, mythology, net-galley, e-book, published-1998, folklore, kiddlewinks, cult-yah
Read on February 09, 2016



Description: Magic Words is a modern translation (1965) of a very old Inuit creation story by nationally known poet Edward Field. As a poem it captures beautifully the intimate relationship this Arctic people have with their natural world.

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.