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
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
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