Friday, September 30, 2005

Free Spirit Gallery Launches New Division

Free Spirit Gallery is pleased to announce that it has launched a new division called Free Spirit Activewear which will specialize in premium quality activewear with specialty sports themes including scuba diving, martial arts and skiing/snowboarding. To maintain the high quality of art expected from Free Spirit Gallery, the Free Spirit Activewear brand will involve graphic design art developed inhouse and will be original works. Free Spirit Activewear will initially focus on clothing for specialty sports but there are plans to bring Inuit and Northwest Native American art onto clothing as well in the future. Like the Free Spirit Gallery website, Free Spirit Activewear will also feature information articles and eCards.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Pacific Northwestern Native American Indian Group Hopes for Return to Whaling

The Makah, a Pacific Northwestern Native American Indian tribe who today face serious poverty and unemployment, are guaranteed the right to hunt whales in an 1855 treaty with the U.S. Whaling and fishing have been their mainstay for thousands of years and the tribe of 1,500 still see themselves as whalers. The Makah spiritually identify with whales. Early in the 20th century, the group stopped hunting whales when commercial harvesting had depleted the gray whales. International whaling restrictions helped the species rebound, and the whales were removed from the endangered species list in 1994. Several years later, the Makah won permission to hunt them again and their first historic hunt came in 1999 as they killed one whale. "My mother said she never thought she'd see a whale hunt in her lifetime," said Arnie Hunter "And I never thought I'd see a whale hunt in my lifetime. Everybody was joyously crying; we never thought it would happen."

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

Canadian Arctic Map

There is an Arctic map of the Canadian north at the Free Spirit Gallery website. It shows many of the Inuit communities in both Nunavut, some parts of Northwest Territories and Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). There are actually two versions of this Arctic map, one showing where it is with respect to the rest of Canada and a larger blow up version of just the Canadian Arctic region. See Arctic map for more details

Last Inuit Art Dancing Polar Bear Carving Sold

The last dancing polar bear carving in stock at Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art was just sold last week. An insurance company in Toronto bought the piece by Johnnylee Nooveya of Iqaluit, Nunavut. This piece is very similar to the piece shown below but without the additional fish in the bear's mouth. It's funny but the person from the company's HR department commented that after receiving the piece safely, she will have a hard time giving it away to the person it is intended for as it is a corporate gift. What a lucky recipient this person will be to have a genuine Johnnylee Nooveya dancing polar bear. Johnnylee is considered to be one of the best up and coming Inuit art carvers up north, especially when it comes to polar bears. I will have to bring in some more dancing polar bears soon as they tend to be very popular among higher end collectors of Inuit art. Meanwhile, there are still some very nice walking bears and a standing bear in the polar bears section of the gallery.


inuit art dancing polar bear carving

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Special Commissioned Pacific Northwestern Native American Artwork

I just finished doing a very interesting project with a client who wanted special commissioned Pacific Northwestern Native American artwork done of four animals, each representing a member of his family. The idea was to use these drawings as images for tattoos that each family member will get. We commissioned artist Lance Joseph to do these drawings and the resulting artwork is shown at Special Commissioned Pacific Northwestern Native American Artwork.

To see other artwork currently available, see Free Spirit Gallery Pacific Northwestern Native American Art.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Second Native American/Canadian Art Giveaway Contest

Another free Native American art giveaway contest has been announced by Native Canadian artist Eric up at Fort Frances, Ontario Canada. This time, the prizes include a deer antler sculpture and a painting. See Native American - Canadian Art Contest for more details. For other information on savings of up to 20% to 50% off retail prices on native artwork from the Pacific coast, see Free Spirit Gallery Northwest Indian Art.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Adjust Text Size For Inuit Art Native American Art Website

The Free Spirit Gallery website was developed using Dreamweaver layers. Some older browsers may not display some of the Inuit art and Native American art pages correctly. It is suggested to switch to a newer browser version to properly view this website. Also, switching to a smaller text size by View > Text Size in Microsoft Explorer or View > Text Zoom in Netscape may also improve the way pages are displayed on this Inuit art and Native American art gallery website.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Old Native American Indian Tepee Displayed

A 150 year old tepee made of bison hide was recently displayed at the Nez Perce Historical Park in Idaho, United States. This tepee, one of just a few surviving tepees of its kind, is made from 16 to 20 bison hides and represents a way of life that disappeared with the buffalo in the 1880s. "This tepee belonged to my great-grandmother, the wife of Chief Lawyer," said Mylie Lawyer. "My father lived in it when he was little. At night, they would roll up the edges, look at the stars and hear the stories of their people." Park rangers from the National Park Service worked the soft hide onto 15 red fir poles. The bottom of the tepee was frayed and it sustained significant water damage, requiring about two feet to be cut from the bottom. "It was a lot bigger and in better shape before," said tribal elder Horace Axtell, who displayed it for the National Congress of American Indians during the 1950s ­the last time the tepee was shown publicly. The tepee stayed up for less than an hour while people carefully climbed inside and had their pictures taken standing beside it. Of the six or seven bison-hide tepees left in the United States, half belong to the Native American Indian Nez Perce Tribe.

For articles on native artwork, see Native American Indian Art Articles and to see authentic native art pieces, see Free Spirit Gallery Northwest Native Indian Art.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Florida To Buy Land In Order To Protect Native American Indian Burial Site

The state of Florida will pay $4,700,000 US to protect Letchworth Mound, the tallest Native American Indian burial site in a mound in the state. The 46 feet tall mound is 1,000 years old. Florida will buy 109.6 acres and will pay a landowner not to develop another 1,281.6 acres surrounding the state park where Letchworth Mound is located. For other Native American info, see Native American Articles.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Free Spirit Gallery Launches Customer Referral Program

Free Spirit Gallery, an online gallery specializing in Inuit art and Northwestern Native Indian art, has launched a Customer Referral Program. Whenever past customers of Free Spirit Gallery refers a new customer who makes a purchase at the online gallery, the past customer will receive a 10% discount on a future purchase. This saving can be significant if a next purchase is for a piece that is priced at several hundred dollars. All the referring customer has to do is make sure that the new customer mentions the referral at the time of first purchase and the 10% discount for the referring customer will be recorded in our customer files. This is our way of showing some appreciation for our customers who have purchased either Inuit art or Northwestern Native Indian art at Free Spirit Gallery either directly or via other routes such as eBay.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Reminder That Inuit & Native Art Bulletin Has RSS

Just a reminder that the Inuit & Native Art Bulletin blog has both RSS and Atom feeds available for those who are now using this type of technology. If anybody is not familiar with RSS, check out http://news.yahoo.com/rss. You can use your favorite news aggregator to read the feeds or like me, I use Bloglines. which is an online reader. With RSS, you can easily scan the titles and sometimes the first part of any recent postings I make to the Inuit & Native Art Bulletin. When I get interesting news from either Inuit or Native American art producing communities, I will tend to post them on this blog. Also, new arrivals and changes at Free Spirit Gallery will also be announced on this blog, sometimes with photos of either Inuit art or Northwest Indian art.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Inuit Herbal Tea From The Arctic

I was at Oka, Quebec yesterday and popped into the store of the local abbey. To my surprise, they were carrying Inuit herbal tea from the Arctic. They had several kinds to choose from and all were packed from Nunavik in Arctic Quebec. I found the actual Inuit tea website of the organization that markets this interesting product.

For Inuit artwork, see Free Spirit Gallery Iuit Artwork.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Another Nice White Buffalo Story

There had been previous posts about the significance of white buffalos or bisons to the Native Americans. September 19, 2005, will mark the first anniversary of the death of Miracle, a white buffalo that was born and lived in Wisconsin. On September 18, 2005, Dave and Valerie Heider invite all to Janesville, Wisconsin, to honor Miracle and her legacy. The Heider farm will be open all day for those who wish to pay their respects to Miracle. To read more about the life of Miracle as well as some really nice photos of her, see the website for Miracle, the white buffalo. White bisons have also been put on Native Canadian art which made it onto Canadian coins.