To see some of the cultural artwork of the aboriginal people in Vancouver, see Canadian Indian Art.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
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
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
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