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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Maakusie Loves Music

Inuktitut Edition

by (author) Chelsey June and Jaaji (Twin Flames)

illustrated by Tamara Campeau

Arvaaq Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Native Canadian, Music, Polar Regions, General
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
Recommended Reading age
7 to 9
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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Maakusie loves music! But what makes music in the Arctic so special? Join Maakusie as he practises katajjaniq (throat singing) and learns ajaja songs, drumming, and more!

Explore everything from traditional instruments to dances to the origin of the brass bands in the Arctic today. Grab your instruments or sing along. This journey through the history of music in the Arctic is sure to get your toes tapping!

Written by renowned Canadian indie rock duo Jaaji and Chelsey June of Twin Flames, this vibrant and engaging book introduces young readers to the exciting world of traditional and modern music in the North.

About the authors

Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree heritage) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik and Kahnawake, are part of an Indigenous renaissance. Together, they are the music duo Twin Flames. Their cultural backgrounds span Canada’s geography and their songs, delivered through a mix of English, French and Inuktitut, have helped them earn a unique place among contemporary music makers from coast to coast. Their humour on stage is often unexpected and a welcome comedic relief when discussing darker issues, combined with impeccable storytelling Twin Flames allows audiences to feel a truly human connection.

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Tamara Campeau’s illustration journey began at Dawson College, where she earned her associate degree in illustration and design. Shortly after, she furthered her studies at Sheridan College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in illustration with honours. Tamara works digitally to bring stories to life through her painterly illustrations. Her work has a strong sense of lighting and vibrant colour palettes, along with dynamic compositions. She loves creating endearing characters with a strong sense of personality and emotion. Her work is inspired by wildlife, children, and the environments they reside in. She uses this inspiration to add a layer of realism to her illustrations. When she’s not at her desk, she can be found breaking a sweat at the local gym or exploring nature with her standard poodle, Peanut.

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Editorial Reviews

Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, and June, who is Métis—both musicians who perform together as Canadian indie rock duo Twin Flames—frame this history of music in the Arctic via Inuk child narrator Maakusie. Underlining the way music in the arctic regions has changed quickly, the child discusses how their anaanatsiak was raised with traditional Inuit music, including katajjaniq (throat singing), ajaja (songs about hunting and community life), and playing the qanirvalauti (jaw harp). Beats next highlight how settlers and, later, new technology changed the music in each region. Foregrounding landscapes and figures, Campeau’s illustrations add vibrancy to the text’s educational lean, which incorporates an English translation and pronunciation guide for italicized Inuttitut words on each page.

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