Monday, October 31, 2005

Inuit Inukshuk Carving with Bear Head - Rare Eskimo Sculpture

I came across a very unique and rare Inuit inukshuk carving - Eskimo sculpture. This particular inukshuk actually has a polar bear head carved on top of the entire piece. I have never seen such an Inuit carving before. It was carved by Mark Tertiluk of Kangiqsujuaq in Nunavik. I have acquired and sold Inuit inukshuk carvings made by Mark before as he is one of the premier inukshuk carvers in the Arctic. But this is the first one I've seen with an animal head. The polar bear is a nice touch to the overall Arctic spirit of the piece. This inukshuk carving is over 8 inches tall so it is a very nice sized piece of Inuit art sculpture.

To see more images of this piece, go to Inuit Inukshuk with Bear. Other Inuit artwork including other inukshuk and polar bear pieces are at Inuit Carvings.

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Northwest Coastal Native American Tunic Returned

The Kaagwaantaan Northwest Coastal Native American Clan and Sealaska Heritage Institute in Alaska celebrated the return and repatriation of a Chilkat Brown Bear tunic which belonged to Kudeinahaa, a clan leader from Klukwan. Ernestine Hayes, a Kaagwaantaan, said in the Northwest Coastal Native American Tlingit world view, everything has a spirit. She said the ancestors' spirits survive through the stories, songs and objects that are passed on from generation to generation. "The tunic's importance probably lies most profoundly in allowing our loved one to come home," Hayes said. "The legality of course is well appreciated, but I just feel it is here and it hears more of the Tlingit (Northwest Coastal Native American language) being spoken, and it feels fresher and more at rest and more at home." Edwina White, another Kaagwaantaan, agrees. "It's like bringing back your grandparents to be with you. It's a strong feeling among our people. The regalia is not just for show off -- it's who we are." The ceremonial property was returned by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley, California. The museum acquired the Northwest Coastal Native American tunic in 1977 from the daughter of Louis Levey, a fur trader who bought it from an unknown seller in 1936.

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

Another White Bison Born - a Significant Native American Indian Event

On September 21, 2005, a white bison calf was born on an Athabascan buffalo reserve owned by Stephan Denis in Valley-of-Lakes, Quebec, Canada. The newborn baby is a female and was named Prophecy. According to Denis, this is the 7th white buffalo calf born in recent years starting from 1995 with the birth of a white bison female in Wisconsin named Miracle who was the first white female to be born in generations. At once, a traditional Lakota medicine man, Floyd Hand, said: "For us the Indians, it is like the Return of Christ for the white." This is such a significant Native American Indian event that there has been artwork depicting white bisons. One such Canadian aboriginal art piece was put on a Canadian coin - see Coins with Canadian Aboriginal Art.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

New Inuit Art Bear Sculpture eCard Available

Here's the third of the new Inuit art eCards that were added to the Free Spirit Gallery eCards page. It is of a nice little handstanding diving bear Inuit sculpture and like the other eCards here, it is available for your use free of charge 24/7. They are great to send greetings and special messages to your friends online, especially those who have never seen Inuit art sculptures before. There are now 19 different eCards available at the site. It is a nice variety of different Inuit art as well as Northwest Native American art pieces. So be my guest and feel free to use them anytime.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Carvings of Inuit Art Dancing Bears

Inuit art has been introduced to the market decades ago and we have observed some artistic changes along the way from the Inuit artists in response to market demand and feedback. For example, Inuit carvings have become larger and more polished compared to early primitive looking artwork. I think the Inuit carvers have been able to make changes without necessarily taking away from the northern Arctic spirit in their artwork. One of the innovations has been the dancing bear carvings. Dancing bears are in upright positions balancing on one hind leg. A new article on dancing bears from the Inuit art world has just been posted at the Free Spirit Gallery site and it goes into more detail of this type of Inuit art carving. See Dancing Bears of Inuit Art.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Inuit Art Muskox Carving as New eCard Available

Here's the second of the trio of new additions to the Inuit art eCards that are available at the Free Spirit Gallery website. This eCard features a cute muskox Inuit carving with a closeup shot of its face. Like all the other Inuit art eCards on the site, this image of the muskox carving is available as an electronic postcard which one can send special messages and greetings to others online. Best of all is that these wonderful and unique eCards of Inuit art are available for your use for free. If you haven't tried one of these eCards, go ahead and try one now. There's also images of Northwest Native art on the same eCards page.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

New Inuit Art Studio in Puvirnituq

Finally, a new studio for Inuit art was opened in Puvirnituq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). Puvirnituq was actually one of the locations of Inuit art print making before it closed down due to financial troubles. A new one has just been set up for not only art prints but also for Inuit carving. See the story at Inuit Art Studio.

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.

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

New Inuit Art Inukshuk Scupture Carving eCard Added

Free Spirit Gallery has added three more new images as Inuit art eCards on its website. Visitors can send special messsages to their friends online for free using these unique eCards of both Inuit art and Northwest Native American art. Each of the new eCards will be featured in this Inuit Art and Native Art Bulletin over the next few days beginning with the new image of an Inuit inukshuk shown here. To access the full line of eCards, see Inuit Art eCards.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Canadian and Native American Indian Tribe Faces Catastrophe

A catastrophe is facing the Gwitchin Native American and Canadian Indian tribe located in Alaska and the Canadian territory of Yukon. The Porcupine caribou herd, which has been their main food source since the last Ice Age, is dwindling and nobody knows exactly why. The U.S. government wants to drill for oil in the caribous' calving grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Inupiats or Eskimos of Alaska generally support drilling in ANWR for the jobs and revenues it will bring to the north. But further south in the Canadian Yukon, the Gwitchin Indian tribe views the new oil rigs negatively. For the 7,000 Gwitchin or "Caribou People" whose population is divided between Canada in the Yukon territory and Alaska, the stakes are quite high. The Gwitchin tribe fears that oil rigs in the refuge will bring the slow death of the caribou and the tribe's 13,000 year old subsistence culture, the last of its kind in North America. Sometime later this month, U.S. Congress is set to decide whether to allow oil exploration to proceed in ANWR, the country's premier wildlife refuge. There are calls to help protect the Arctic Refuge.

To see artwork from the Arctic as well as the Northwest, see Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Inuit Sculptures Eskimo Carvings of New Dancing Bears

I'm very excited to announce the arrival of a new set of Inuit sculptures or Eskimo carvings of dancing bears. These dancing bears are from Cape Dorset in Nunavut and they are just beautiful. No wonder why Inuit sculptures of dancing bears are so popular. Two of these Inuit sculptures are shown below. There are many more images of the entire new set of dancing bears. See them at the Polar Bears Inuit Sculptures section of the Free Spirit Gallery website.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

New Inuit Inukshuk Carvings Sculptures

Due to the interest of the Inuit inukshuk, a separate page in the Free Spirit Gallery website has been created for new arrivals. All new inukshuk artwork will be on this new page - see Inuit Inukshuk Carvings Sculptures. For background information on the purpose and significance of these structures, see the Inuit Inukshuk.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

New Muskox Inuit Sculptures or Eskimo Carvings of Musk Ox

Since muskox Inuit sculptures or Eskimo carvings of musk ox are so popular, we have decided to create a separate section in our website gallery to showcase our new arrivals. If you go to the new Musk Ox Inuit Sculptures section, you will see a few of the newest muskox carvings we have in stock. One is shown below. All of these musk ox sculptures feature horns that were made by caribou by the Inuit carvers. Of course, to see our entire stock of Inuit sculptures, see our main gallery page of Inuit Carvings.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Pacific Northwest Coastal Indian Art Masks Sold Out

Our stock of Pacific Northwest Coastal Indian art masks have been sold out with the Wild Woman mask shown below going to a very lucky new owner in Seattle, Washington. This particular Pacific Northwest Coastal Indian art mask was carved by Cody Mathias, a master artist from the Squamish Nation in BC Canada. More images of this mask is still up at the Free Spirit Gallery Northwest Coastal Indian Art Masks section. We will try to get more masks in the near future.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Interior Decorating and Home Decor With Inuit Art

Just posted an article that discusses Inuit art from the Arctic north in today's styles of interior decorating. Inuit art can help make a room classier with a touch of a gallery or museum feel. See the article at Interior Decorating and Home Decor with Inuit Art. To see actual pieces of artwork, see Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Inuit Want Inclusion In Settlements Over Residential Schools Abuse

Inuit leaders in Canada want to pursue massive lawsuits against the Canadian federal government to ensure that their people are included in settlements over the residential schools abuse issue. Over the years, Inuit and Canadian aboriginal children were placed in boarding schools for a proper education by the government. However, there were numerous cases of abuse which is only now getting aired. "Our hope is that government will make an overture to ensure our place at the table that is Inuit-specific," said Rosemarie Kuptana of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. In May, the Assembly of First Nations signed an agreement with Ottawa (Canada's capital) to deal with the damage caused by residential schools. The federal government appointed former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to recommend a compensation package by the end of March 2006. One complicating matter for the Inuit, is that they are not members of the Assembly of First Nations and were not originally party to the agreement. Surely the Canadian government must recognize the history of abuse in all aboriginal groups in Canada and make efforts to compensate all those affected. This will help restore the dignity of the indigenous people of Canada.

To see some of the proud artwork of both Inuit and aboriginal artists, see Inuit and Canadian Aboriginal art.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures Sold Out Too

My last Inuit inukshuk sculpture was also sold yesterday. I will try to get some more of different sizes and price ranges in the next week or two. In the meantime, there's an article on the background of the Inuit inukshuk at the Free Spirit Gallery website. As soon as more Inuit inukshuk sculptures come in, I will announce their arrival in this Inuit & Native Art Bulletin.

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Musk Ox Eskimo Soapstone Carvings Sold Out

I sold the last musk ox Eskimo soapstone carvings yesterday just in case if anybody was looking for them. They were wonderful and unique representations of musk ox by Billy Tukai of Inukjuak. I will try to get some more in the next week and when they do come in, I will put them in the Other Inuit Eskimo Soapstone Carvings section of the gallery. I will of course also announce the arrivals of the new Eskimo soapstone carvings in this blog bulletin.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Interior Decorating and Home Decor With Native American Indian Art

I have just added a new article called Interior Decorating and Home Decor with Native American Indian Art. It introduces the potential of Native American art, particularly Pacific Northwest Native American art in today's styles of interior decorating. Since there is a current trend for home decor to be more earthly and natural, Native American Indian art would fit in rather nicely. For current artwork at our gallery, see Pacific Northwest Native American art.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Native American Navajo Code Talkers Museum Planned

The movie about the World War II Navajo code talkers which starred Nicolas Cage a few years ago brought this important piece of history in the public eye. Now there are plans for a museum honoring the Navajo code talkers in New Mexico, USA. The New Mexico Legislature approved a $90,000 matching-fund grant if the city of Gallup and the Southwest Indian Foundation each contributes $90,000. Many of the surviving Native American Navajo code talkers today are in or past their late 70s and Kent Hodges from the Gallup Cultural Center wants them to witness the preservation of their legacy. "It's very important for them to see that something is being done now," he said. The Code Talker museum would be created on the Cultural Center's upper floor or in a large open space downstairs. The museum will also be interactive, "where people are not just walking around looking at artifacts, something they can sink their teeth into" said Hodges. This will be especially important for the younger visitors since "any time you can engage a child in a sensory way, the longer it's going to live with them." Navajo youth especially, he said, "need to be aware of that story and be proud of that heritage." During World War II, the US government recruited Navajos to speak their language and create a code the Japanese could not break. The Native American Navajo code talkers were instrumental... in a lot of our success, in the South Pacific, and some people will even say they were essential," Hodges said. He said the foundation is also working with the Smithsonian which is interested in future support and funding.

For more on culture, see Native American Information Articles and for beautiful artwork, see Free Spirit Gallery Native American Art.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Will Get More Inuit Soapstone Carvings of Dancing Bears

Since I am already sold out of my stock of Inuit soapstone carvings of dancing bears, I will go get some more in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas shopping rush. Inuit soapstone carvings of polar bears, particularly dancing bears, have always been in demand and is probably one of the best selling types of Eskimo sculptures. When I get some more dancing bear soapstone carvings in, I will announce their arrival in this blog. In the meantime, I still have some very nice Inuit soapstone carvings of polar bears in walking positions including a nice size one in a standing position. See Free Spirit Gallery Polar Bear Carvings for more details.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Native American Languages Site

There's a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of indigenous Native American languages. They have a very educational website at and they have an art section as well.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Posts Returned to Pacific Northwestern Native American Group

Four years ago, the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington returned two grizzly bear house posts to the Tlingit Pacific Northwestern Native American group in Alaska. These posts were stolen back in 1899 by the Harriman Expedition, sponsored by railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman and ended up at the Burke Museum. Other Pacific Northwestern Native American precious artwork including grave markers and totem poles, wound up at institutions such as Chicago's Field Museum, Harvard University's Peabody Museum, the Smithsonian and Cornell University. They have all since been returned to the Tinglit. To thank the Burke Museum, Pacific Northwestern Native American Tlingit carvers Nathan and Stephen Jackson carved two new posts for the Burke. The two new posts are 11 feet tall, nearly 3 feet wide and weigh hundreds of pounds.

To see some beautiful artwork from the Northwestern region, see Pacific Northwestern Native American Art.