To get a view of Inuit tradition in their artwork, see Inuit Art.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
To see some beautiful artwork from the north, see Arctic Art.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
At least nobody has to worry about smuggling Native American art since there's no need to. Native American art and Canadian art is duty free which makes shipping them across the US - Canadian border a snap. To see some great examples of such work, see Native American Art.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Scientists in the United States have discovered the secret of the narwhal's long tusk, which they say is something unique in the animal world.
Researchers working in Canadian Arctic with the sea mammal say the tusk is actually a sensory probe delivering information to the animal in a distinctive way.
The narwhal's tusk, a 1.5-metre-long tooth emerging from the left side of the upper jaw, has long been a source of fascination. It's spiral nature led to it being marketed for princely sums in medieval Europe as a unicorn's horn.
In the past the tusk has been judged a weapon, a mating display and a fishing spear.
It turns out, the truth is stranger than the fiction.
Scientists studying the animal in Canada's Arctic have found that more than 10 million tiny nerve connections tunnel their way from the tusk's core to its outer surface.
These give the tusk an extremely sensitive surface, capable of detecting changes in water temperature, pressure and particle gradients, scientists say. It also allows the whales to detect water particles characteristic of the fish that constitute their diet.
And when Narwhals display 'tusking' behaviour, or rub tusks, they're likely experiencing a unique sensation, say scientists.
The researchers say there is no other animal with a comparable ability in nature, and certainly no comparable tooth with that kind of functional adaptation.
"Now that we know the sensory capabilities of the tusk, we can design new experiments to describe some of the unique and unexplained behaviours of this elusive and extraordinary whale," said Martin Nweeia of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
The research into the nature and function of the narwhal's tooth may also lead dental researchers to develop better materials for tooth restoration in humans, says Nweeia.
The research was partly funded by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The findings were presented Tuesday at the Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in San Diego.
Narwhals are sometimes subjects of Inuit carvings. An example of an Inuit carving of a father and baby narwhal is shown below and this one is actually presently available in Free Spirit Gallery's whale sculptures section.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
There are some other nice Inuit sculptures as well as Northwest Native American carvings available at the Under $100 US section.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
See for more details of Section 67.
See Free Spirit Gallery's website for magnificent Canadian First Nations Art.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
The Canadian Natives have a lot to be proud of including their artwork. For examples of nice Canadian Native art, see Aboriginal Art - Canada.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I told my source to spread the word back to the Inuit doll makers that they should stop using seal skin on their artwork if they wish to get their dolls sold outside Canada, particularly the US which is potentially their largest market. We'll see if they make any changes in the future. If they don't, they are really limiting themselves in regards to Inuit arts and crafts sales.
Most of Free Spirit Gallery's Inuit Art does not contain any marine mammal parts and therefore are exportable worldwide.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Nunavik is the northern part of Quebec province that is considered Arctic region. Like Nunavut, Nunavik has an active supply of Inuit carvers. Nunavik art comes from such Inuit communities as Akulivik, Inukjuak and Puvirnituk.
More detailed maps showing the Canadian Arctic north including Nunavut and Nunavik as well as many Inuit communities can be found at Inuit Art Region.
For beautiful pieces of both Nunavut art and Nunavik art can be found at Free Spirit Inuit Gallery.
Friday, December 02, 2005
All new pieces are listed in the New Arrivals page.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
To see some of the cultural artwork of the aboriginal people in Vancouver, see Canadian Indian Art.
For another aspect of the tribal culture, see West Coast Indian Carvings.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
For a glimpse at some beautiful authentic native artwork from the North West, see North West Native American Coastal Art.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Introduction To Northwest Native Art - Article with photos of Northwest Indian art carvers
The Basic Elements of Northwest Indian Art - A more detailed look at Northwest Indian art
The Colors of Northwest Indian Art - The color schemes used by Northwest Native artists
The Shapes Used in Northwest Indian Art - Illustrating ovoids, U-forms and more
The Design of Northwest Native Art Animal Body Parts - Eyes, ears, noses, arms and more
Northwest Coast Native Art Region - Maps showing Northwest Native geographical region
Northwest Indian Art Carver Gary Baker - A profile of master carver Gary 'Boo Boo' Baker
Northwest Native Art Carver Peter Charlie - A profile of master carver Peter Charlie
Northwest Coast Native Art Carver Cody Mathias - A profile of master carver Cody Mathia
Northwest Coast Indian Art Carver Paul Joseph - A profile of master carver Paul Joseph
Native American Art Authenticity - Real works of Native American art compared to fakes
Northwest Coast Art At Vancouver International Airport - Examples of airport's art decor
West Coast Art Totem Poles - History and use of Northwest Indian totem poles
West Coast Indian Art Tribal Masks - History, types and functions of Northwest masks
Native American Art Thunderbird - One of the most popular Native American icons
The Native American Art Bear - A symbol of strength and friendship
The Eagle In Native American Indian Art - A universally respected symbol of power
The Orca Killer Whale In Pacific Northwest Coast Art - Loved by millions around the world
West Coast Native Art On Canadian Coins - Canadian currency designed by Native artists
Pacific Northwest Native Canadian Art Raven - Known to many as the 'trickster'
Interior Decorating & Home Decor with Native American Indian Art - Bringing home nature
Pacific Coast North West Indian Art on Canada Bank Note - Currency with First Nation art
Saturday, November 26, 2005
The Washington State Capital Museum presents
Faces from the Land: A Photographic Journey through Native America By Ben and Linda Marra
Olympia, WA--In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Washington State Capital Museum is honored to present Faces from the Land: A Photographic Journey through Native America, by Ben and Linda Marra, on view October 11, 2005 through April 1, 2006.
In 1988, Seattle photographer, Ben Marra and his wife, Linda, set out to document powwows and the shared cultural qualities that bind together the many nations of Native America. Powwows are an integral part of Native American life, offering Native Americans the opportunity to gather and celebrate their spiritual connections to their ancestors, the earth, community and traditions through drum, song and dance. Faces from the Land focuses on many of the Native American cultures that Lewis and Clark encountered during their arduous 1803 -1806 expedition, including Sioux, Lemhi Shoshone and Nez Perce. A photograph of Sacajawea's great, great, great niece, Rose Ann Abrahamson, is included in the exhibit.
The 37 large color print portraits of Native Americans are accompanied by personal narratives written by the subjects describing the tribal significance of their regalia and dance. These striking images along with their text vividly detail the magic of the powwow, while also allowing the viewer the opportunity to see the juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modern culture.
Ben Marra has been a commercial photographer in Seattle since 1973, working with architectural, industrial, and corporate clients. Dedicated to using his photographs to strengthen and perpetuate an appreciation for Native American culture, Ben Marra's work has been featured in numerous museums, galleries and national magazines, and was recently included in Handbook of North American Indians, published by the Smithsonian Institution. Their book, PowwowŠImages along the Red Road, (Abrams), features 105 color photographs representing more than sixty tribes and nations. Two yearly calendars are also published by Avalanche Publishing.
What: Faces from the Land: A Photographic Journey through Native America
Who: Seattle Documentary Photographers Ben and Linda Marra
When: October 11, 2005 - April 1, 2006
Where: Washington State Capital Museum, 211 21st Avenue S.W., Olympia, WA
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 16, 2005; 2 - 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Upcoming Programs: Join Ben and Linda Marra for a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. as they discuss Faces from the Land. Admission to the museum and program are free that evening.
More Information: 360-753-2580, www.washingtonhistory.org
The State Capital Museum is located in Olympia six blocks south of the Capitol Building at 211 21st Avenue S.W. in the historic Lord Mansion. The State Capital Museum is a division of the Washington State Historical Society, which presents exhibits, programs, and events that bring to life the stories of Washington's history.
To contact Ben Marra Studios: 206-729-2456, www.benmarra.com
For Native American art at 20 to 50% off typical retail prices, see Free Spirit Gallery Native American Art.
Friday, November 25, 2005
To see the Canadian coins with West Coast First Nation art, see Native Art Coins.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
For information on First Nations and Inuit art from Canada, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
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There has also been some controversial moments in history and politics involving the North West Indian people, salmon and the US government. It's been 60 years since Billy Frank's first arrest for catching salmon on the Nisqually River. He was 14 and doing what his father, his grandfather and generations of North West Indian Nisqually tribal members had done for centuries. Since then, Frank has been fighting for both his people and the salmon. "In my estimation, he's the functional equivalent of Martin Luther King, Jr. for African-American people, or Cesar Chavez for Hispanic people," said David Nicandri, director of the Washington State History Museum. The struggle went on for years as North West Indian tribes fought for their traditional fishing rights guaranteed in their treaties.
In 1974, U.S. District Judge George Boldt affirmed the nation's obligation to honor the treaties, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Boldt five years later. "One of [Frank's] great lines is about it taking so many talents and pooling of efforts to get things done," Nicandri said." He'll say, 'You need the policy people, the scientists -- and you need the getting- arrested guy, and I was the getting-arrested guy.’" Today, Billy Frank is chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, a coalition of salmon-treaty tribes. "So here we are today, still trying to implement the Boldt decision, still trying to implement the recovery of salmon," Frank said.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Materials Used in Inuit Sculpture - Different types of stone and materials in Inuit art
Canadian Arctic Region of Inuit Northern Art - Maps showing where Inuit art originates
The Different Styles of Inuit Sculpture - Differing styles of Inuit art across the Arctic
Eskimo Inuit Northern Art Authenticity - Real works of Eskimo Inuit art compared to imitation fakes
The Prices of Inuit Art - Characteristics of Inuit art which determine market prices
Inuit Art As Investments - Developments which affect Inuit art as investments
Interior Decorating and Home Decor with northern Inuit Art - Arctic art for today's home styles
The Evolution of Contemporary Arctic Art Carvings - History of modern Inuit art carvings
The Birth of Inuit Art Prints - Describing how James Houston taught the Inuit printmaking
Prehistoric Eskimo Carvings - Tracing early Eskimo art to prehistoric ages
Inuit Eskimo Art Sculptures of Arctic Polar Bears - Describes the different types of bears
Export of Inuit Sculpture Containing Whalebone or Ivory - Restrictions of export and import
Value of Older Inuit Northern Art and Eskimo Sculpture - Investigate value and artists of older pieces
The Inuit Inukshuk - History, purpose and significance of the inukshuk
A Trip To Iqaluit In Nunavut, A Canadian Arctic City - Travel report to Nunavut's capital
Throat Singing In Inuit Culture - The revival of this old traditional Inuit activity
Inuit Drum Dancing Of The Arctic - Traditional Inuit drum dancing and music
Arctic Inuit Art On Canadian Coins - Canadian currency featuring Inuit art designs
The Dancing Bears of Inuit Art - The ever popular dancing bear Inuit carvings
Traveling to the Canadian Arctic and Native Inuit Communities - Air travel to the north
See Eskimo Inuit Northern Art for examples of beauiful artwork from the Arctic.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
To see all the walruses, see Walrus Inuit Carvings
To see native Inuit artwork from the Arctic, see Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Arts and Crafts.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Standing on guard, with a pile of rocks
Exercise Frozen Beaver marked Hans Island as ours
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Hans Island, the tiny Arctic island at the centre of Canada's war of words with Denmark over its sovereignty, is so barren that even the rocks used by soldiers to erect an Inukshuk needed to be flown in by helicopter, military documents show.
When a small contingent of the Canadian Forces landed on the island in July on a sovereignty patrol, they also erected a 12-foot pole topped by a metal Canadian flag that had been specially designed and built at a cost of almost $2,000.
Details of the secret three-hour mission -- code-named Exercise Frozen Beaver -- are contained in internal military documents and photographs obtained by the National Post.
The visit on July 13 was followed by a second unannounced visit, one that brought Bill Graham, the Minister of National Defence, to the island on July 20 to pose for photographs in front of the flag.
The erection of the Inukshuk, a traditional Inuit landmark built by piling stones, is a curiosity.
The military claims there was nothing special about placing an Inukshuk on the island, even one that is hastily caulked together and fixed with an engraved plaque declaring: "O Canada, We Stand On Guard For Thee."
"While on Hans Island, CF personnel erected a flag pole and raised the Canadian flag. They also built an Inukshuk, which is normally done on these types of Ranger patrols," says the Canadian Forces Media Lines on the visit. (Media lines are officially prepared cue cards used by officials when speaking with reporters.)
However, Inukshuks have not been a part of previous sovereignty patrols and there appear to be no records of other Inukshuks being constructed on earlier missions.
The engraved plaque bears the date July 12, 2005, but officials say the mission took place July 13. Presumably weather delayed arrival by a day.
The Inukshuk is unusual for other reasons as well.
The first item on the Frozen Beaver mission timetable was for Rangers to "select rocks for Inukshuk in Eureka and transport to site." Eureka is a northern weather station.
It estimates the rocks would weigh about 300 pounds, a serious matter for delicate helicopter flights in the Arctic: "Air support load limitation a key factor," the document cautions.
Three soldiers were to spend an hour collecting rocks of an appropriate size and shape.
After flying from Eureka to Hans Island, an hour was set aside for two Canadian Rangers to erect the Inukshuk while two others filled the metal base of the flag pole with stones to weigh it down. The Rangers are a largely aboriginal military unit.
The flag-raising was to take five members of the ground mission 30 minutes, with one person slipping away near the end to capture it on film.
After 15 minutes of packing and cleanup, the soldiers again took to the air in their helicopter, making a final pass of the island to take pictures of the flag and Inukshuk before leaving.
Like the Inukshuk, the flag left behind is unique, designed for the mission and constructed and assembled in secrecy.
The idea was to erect a flag that would always be unfurled, similar to the U.S. flags left behind on the moon. Making it from metal was seen as a way of ensuring it did not deteriorate in the high winds.
Photos of the visit show Hans Island to be a desolate rock devoid of foliage.
A small wooden and windowless hut containing a cot, portable stove, cooking pots, maps and other supplies was found there.
The hut is marked on the outside with the words "Tulugaq '88."
Tulugaq is the name of a Danish Navy arctic patrol cutter. In 1988, the ship took a Danish crew to Hans Island. Danish warships have made almost annual stops on the island, which they claim as their sovereign territory, a claim contested by Canada.
Denmark suspended a planned visit to Hans Island by HDMS Tulugaq this summer to avoid additional diplomatic tensions.
Also photographed on the island was a wooden outhouse, likely one of the world's most northerly outdoor toilets. It lies on its side, housing planks of wood. Nearby, what appears to be 12 rusting oil drums and six gas cylinders lie on the ground.
The Canadian military visits may have caught the Danes off guard, but they have since checked on the Canadian monuments and found the metal flag design was not effective.
Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller told a Danish government committee shortly after Exercise Frozen Beaver that the Canadian flag had already been flattened by harsh winds.
"How do I know that? We're monitoring the island, of course. It's a part of Danish territory," he was quoted as saying.
OPERATION FROZEN BEAVER
Specially designed and built to detach into three sections, allowing it to fit in a helicopter before assembly on Hans Island. It is bolted into a square base of thick steel and, when erect, stands about four metres high. One hour was set aside for two soldiers to assemble the pole and flag on the island. It took another hour for three soldiers to load the base with stones to weigh it down. Another 30 minutes were scheduled to raise the flag slowly while being photographed. Made by a Yellowknife welding company for $1,500.
FLAG : $401.56
Made of a metal sheet 1/8-inch thick, 48 inches long and 24 inches high, according to schematic diagrams obtained by the Post. The Maple Leaf image appears on both sides. Flag stencil cost $401.56.
Documents refer only to five soldiers being involved in the ground operation -- two Rangers, a Ranger commander, a mission commander and a photo technician. Some photos, however, show at least eight people at the flag raising. Presumably the helicopter crew accounts for the discrepancy.
Engraved in English, French and Inuktitut, the plaque was made by a Yellowknife jeweller for $98. It declares: "Erected by members of CFNA HQ, 1 CRPG, 440 and 438 Sqns, [the four military units involved in 'Exercise Frozen Beaver'] on July 12, 2005; 'O Canada, We Stand on Guard for Thee.' " The mission actually took place on July 13.
Built by two members of the Canadian Rangers, a largely aboriginal military unit, from stones flown to the island. One hour was set aside for its construction; another hour for three Rangers to first hunt for rocks in Eureka.
Hans Island, located between Canada's Ellesmere Island and Greenland, which is Danish, is claimed as sovereign territory by both nations. The barren rock is about one kilometre in diameter, with a cliff on its south end. Negotiations over its sovereignty are ongoing.
© National Post 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
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To see where the Tlingit and other groups reside on a map of the region, see Northwest Coastal Native American Region. To learn more about the region's artwork, see Elements of Northwest Coastal Native American Art.
Friday, October 28, 2005
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
One of the last remaining Inuit art prints from Puvirnituq created during the era before the original studio closed down is currently in stock and available for sale at Free Spirit Gallery. This print is shown below. See more images of this beautiful and rare Inuit Art Print.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
To see artwork from the Arctic as well as the Northwest, see Free Spirit Gallery.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
To see some of the proud artwork of both Inuit and aboriginal artists, see Inuit and Canadian Aboriginal art.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
To see some beautiful artwork from the Northwestern region, see Pacific Northwestern Native American Art.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
But animal rights protests and the television cameras "took a lot of the spirituality out of it," said Dave Sones, vice chairman of the tribal council. By 2002, an appeals court declared the hunting illegal, saying that studies had not addressed the impact of Makah hunting on the survival of the whale species. Last February, the tribe asked the agency for a waiver granting them permanent rights to kill up to 20 gray whales in any five-year period which is a right guaranteed under their 1855 treaty. Some groups which oppose the commercial harvesting of whales remain neutral on the Makah's quest. "No indigenous hunt has ever destroyed whale populations," said John Hocevar of Greenpeace. "And looking at the enormous other threats to whales and putting the Makah whaling in context, it's pretty different."
All the Native American Indian groups of the Pacific Northwestern region have connections with whales and it shows in their artwork. For some examples, see Pacific Northwestern Indian artwork of whales.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
To see other artwork currently available, see Free Spirit Gallery Pacific Northwestern Native American Art.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
For Inuit artwork, see Free Spirit Gallery Iuit Artwork.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
To see some artwork currently in stock, see Free Spirit Gallery Northwest Indian Art.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art is a supporter of the Inuit Art Foundation as it has been a regular advertiser in its magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
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For other information on Native Canadian culture, see Native Canadian Art Articles.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
RANKIN INLET, Nunavut (CP) - Officials in this Arctic community are threatening to shoot stray dogs after a young child was bitten by an animal that had rabies.
Nancy Campbell, a spokeswoman for the territorial Health Department, said the dog was destroyed on July 30, shortly after the child was bitten. Campbell said the child was transported to a hospital in the South, but was doing fine.
"The subsequent testing of the dog's body found that the dog did indeed have rabies," Campbell said, adding that authorities in Rankin Inlet are now taking a tough stand on the problem of roaming dogs.
"They've told people that if dogs are found loose, they will be shot."
Campbell's department issued an advisory Friday to northern communities requesting that people tie up their dogs and get them vaccinated.
She admitted, however, that it is difficult to get dogs vaccinated against rabies in the North due to a shortage of qualified vets.
Rabies, she said, is more common in foxes in the North but dogs can contract the disease if they are bitten by foxes.
Dogs with rabies may display a noticeable change in behaviour, signs of being very thirsty, no interest in eating or drinking, and may be foaming at the mouth.
The Canadian Press, 2005
To see artwork from Nunavut in Arctic Canada, see Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art.
Friday, August 05, 2005
For a look into the magnificent carvings from the local region, see Pacific Northwest Native American Art Carvings.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
Revised carbon-dating of an ancient Chumash headdress has been dated to 400 years earlier than originally thought. The headdress is fashioned from abalone shells and the skull of a swordfish which is a deep sea fish. Earlier carbon-dating placed it at 2,000 years old. That date implied the Chumash were fishing in deep-sea waters 400 years earlier than the Polynesian-Chumash contact that Klar and Jones believed. As it turns out, the original carbon-14 date was wrong, and new testing places the headdress at 600 AD, in the same time period Klar and Jones believe ancient Polynesians sailed to Southern California.
Another piece of evidence was found more than a decade ago when archaeological evidence proved that ancient Polynesians ate sweet potatoes, which are native to South America. Presumably, Polynesian sailors ventured to South America, obtained sweet potatoes and brought them back to their home islands.
For other interesting information on Native American culture, see Native American Art Information Articles.