The Next Chapter·Bedside Books

Jaaji and Chelsey June of Twin Flames loved reading this children's book inspired by a traditional Inuit story

The Ottawa musical duo recently read The Walrus and the Caribou to their children.
Twin Flames are a folk group from Ottawa. (twinflamesmusic.com, Inhabit Media)

This interview originally aired on April 18, 2020.

Twin Flames is an Ottawa band led by husband and wife Jaaji and Chelsey June, whose music blends both First Nations and Inuit music with folk rock. In 2019, Twin Flames created Human, a song for UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Jaaji and Chelsey June stopped by The Next Chapter to talk about The Walrus and the Caribou, a children's book by Maika Harper. It's based on a traditional Inuit story and they recently read it to their four young children.

Chelsey June: "The lead character is a woman named Guk. She is tasked with creating animals for the planet. She starts to dream up all these different ways in which she can create them by using her clothing and mismatching different pieces to stitch the ideas and the thoughts of these animals together." 

Jaaji: "This book is by Nunavut model and actress Maika Harper. I grew up in the north so I had a lot of oral history that was given to me. Everything had a familiar sense of ensuring that people have a moral compass. A lot of the stories were very dark. A lot of stuff that's catered to keep the children in check. But this one is so catered to the young minds of a growing child, so I found it really, really cute."

Watch the video for the song Human by Twin Flames

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