Monday, February 28, 2005

Export of Inuit Sculpture Containing Ivory

International regulations exist that restrict the export of Inuit sculpture containing ivory and whalebone from Canada to the US and vice versa. This is all part of international laws designed to protect marine mammals such as walruses amd whales. The following article discusses this area in more detail;

Export of Inuit Sculpture Containing Whalebone or Ivory

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Is it Indian Art or Native Art?

To continue with the same type of debate as Inuit vs Eskimo, we also have Indian art vs Native art. There has been some suggestion that the term 'Indian' is not appropriate but upon further research, there are many Native American groups that still refer to themselves as 'Native Indian' or 'American Indian' One such very large group is the Manataka group
based in Hot Springs Reservation in Arizona.

The Canadian government also has their Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs.

Therefore, the Inuit & Native Art Bulletin and Free Spirit Gallery will use the terms 'Native' and 'Indian' interchangeably.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Introduction to Northwest Coast Native American Art

Here's an introduction article to Northwest Coast Native American Art. It talks about the general background of this striking style of aboriginal art and includes images of actual Northwest Native carvers with some of their artwork.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Is it Inuit Art or Eskimo Art?

There's always the ongoing debate whether the term Inuit art or Eskimo art should be used. The Inuit in Canada consider the term 'Eskimo' to be derogatory. However, many western Alaskan natives do not refer to themselves as Inuit (since they do not speak the Inuit language) and still call themselves Eskimos. Here is an article that discusses this issue further;

http://www.isteve.com/2002_Name_Game_Inuit_or_Eskimo.htm

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Welcome to Inuit & Native Art Bulletin

Welcome to the Inuit & Native Art Bulletin. This is a blog that will have interesting coverage of Inuit art (Eskimo art) and Native American (Native Indian) art. Actual authentic pieces will be shown as well as details about informative resource articles on both Inuit art and Native Indian art. Also, news from aboriginal art producing communities will be highlighted from time to time.

In the meantime, here's an online gallery that specializes in both Inuit art and Northwest Native art; http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca