no bee
no bee



When both people and
animals lived on earth,
A person could become
an animal if he wanted to.
– Magic Words


Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9832904-7-6 Amazon BN


Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9832904-6-9 Amazon


Translation by:
Edward Field
Mike Blanc

All Ages
24 Pages



The Inuit people, whom I had previously thought of as Eskimos, became a reality to me in the 1960s when I was asked to create a book of poems out of the notebooks of the Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen’s 1920s expeditions to this remarkable people living north of the Arctic Circle.

From his observations and jottings, much of it transcribed verbatim from Inuit people themselves, I selected passages that had the mark of traditional retellings of Inuit history and cosmology – and when I spotted the lines in Rasmussen’s rough translation that became Magic Words, I knew that this poem came from the soul of the Inuit people. In fact, Magic Words became my most successful Inuit translation, one that has met with a wide response for the lost and extraordinary truth it reveals.

The artist Mike Blanc has here beautifully captured in his illustrations the pure spirit, the essence of Inuit art to illuminate this gem of Inuit wisdom for our children, who more than anyone are responsive to the magical power of words and images.

I can only congratulate book publisher Vanita Oelschlager for bringing this beautiful edition of the ancient Inuit poem I had the honor to discover and translate to the children and to their parents who will read it to them.

Edward Field
Author of Songs and Stories of the Eskimos


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