Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year From Free Spirit Gallery Native Aboriginal Art

Happy New Year from Free Spirit Gallery and thank you to all who visited our website in 2006 for Native Aboriginal art. We will bring in more artwork in January from both our Inuit Eskimo art sources as well as Pacific Northwest Native art suppliers. There will also be more informative articles as well as videos which have been very popular with our visitors this year. So stay tuned throughout 2007 as we will announce additions to our gallery as they come.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Will Use Northwest Native Indian Salmon Legend for Toastmasters Speech

I will have to do a folk tale for one of my upcoming Toastmasters speeches and I think that I will use a version of the Northwest Native Indian story about the Salmon people. The salmon people are thought to be superhuman beings who live in the sea and they turn themselves into salmon fish in order to provide a food source for the people living on land. This should be an interesting story to tell as part of one of the advanced speeches I have to do at Toastmasters. I doubt that many others will source Northwest Native Indian legends for this type of speech so this should be interesting.

To learn more about the importance of the salmon fish to the Northwest region, see Northwest Native Indian Salmon. The Northwest Native artists use the salmon as subjects for their artwork and examples are at Northwest Native Salmon Art.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Another Eskimo Art Sculpture as Wedding Gift

Looks like some people are choosing to get married in the off season as a customer just this past week ordered a nice Eskimo art sculpture of a hunter and seal as a wedding gift for January. This is the second Eskimo art piece that I know of coming out of Free Spirit Gallery for an off season wedding in recent months. But what a nice difference an Eskimo art sculpture will make for a wedding gift rather than your usual pots and pans. Such a piece would be an even more unique gift for weddings in regions where Eskimo art is not well known.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Still Busy Shipping Canadian Aboriginal Art

Despite past deadlines for shipping in time for Christmas, Free Spirit Gallery is still busy this week getting orders and shipping Canadian Aboriginal art on behalf of customers. It seems that Canadian Aboriginal art in both the form of Inuit art and Northwestern Pacific Coast art is very popular as gifts from Canada to folks located elsewhere. Gift buyers this week do not seem to mind if their recipients do not get their packages by Christmas as they are now calling them year end gifts. I expect things will slow down a bit towards the end of the year. We will be planning to acquire more artwork for our gallery in the New Year to replenish stock from a successful holiday buying season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Too Late For Christmas But Inuit Art Always A Nice New Year's Gift

Even though it's probably too late to order Inuit art and get it delivered in time for Christmas (with the possible exception of local Montreal area where I will personally deliver pieces to you), they will still make nice New Year's (or late Christmas) presents.

For quick local delivery in the Montreal area, please contact Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures Sold Out But More To Come

All of our Inuit inukshuk sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art have been sold but we hope to get more soon, probably after New Year. In the meantime, we have a nice information article on the Inuit Inukshuk explaining its origin and purpose.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Inuit Sculptures from the Canadian Arctic Video

Here's the video showcasing Inuit sculptures from the Canadian Arctic. It is quite representative of the type of Inuit art that is available online at Free Spirit Gallery. These sculptures are made of the local stone that is found in the Canadian Arctic. A map of Inuit communities that produce sculptures is available at that website.


Friday, December 15, 2006

Protect White Moose Like First Nations Culture?

Scandinavia is home to 450,000 moose. Now residents and hunters are at odds over the fate of a rare albino moose spotted in the forests of Ostfold province in Norway. Locals have named the moose "Albin." They want the moose protected from hunters much like it is in Ontario, Canada where white moose are important in First Nations culture and art.

Some hunters and scientists, however, want the moose shot. Albino moose usually have inferior sight or hearing and their lack of pigmentation makes them more visible to predators. If Albin breeds, the hunters say the genetic abnormalities could spread throughout the herd. Morten Brommdal, from the University of Oslo, calls Albin a genetic "mistake... That so many people want the white moose to live is an emotional issue," he said. "It is exciting to have such a rarity rustling around. But if it is spared, we risk the moose's breeding qualities spreading."

Sigmund Lerheim, the head of a local wildlife committee in Ostfold, can't guarantee the moose will be protected. Hunting quotas are limited by age and sex, not colour, he said.

In March, the province of Ontario in Canada passed a law to protecting white moose near Timmins. That decision was made to encourage eco-tourism and to mark the cultural significance of the white moose to First Nations people of Canada. This is similar to the importance of the white buffalo in First Nations culture.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Only One Week Left For Christmas Shopping of Northwest Native Indian Art

There's only one week left for Christmas shopping of Northwest Native Indian art at Free Spirit Gallery. For Canadian customers in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces, our regular FedEx service (free for many of our pieces) will still be able to deliver shipments in time for Christmas. The same goes for US customers in states close by such as those in the northeast providing that orders are placed within the next few days at the latest. For other areas of North America as well as very late shoppers next week, FedEx has express services that could get shipments delivered in a day but these delivery options tend to be pricey and our customers will have to pay for the costs. But if the intention is to get that special piece of Northwest Native Indian art here at the gallery in time for Christmas for that special someone, it is certainly not impossible. Of course, it is still advisable to order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Still Possible to Get Eskimo Art by Christmas

There's about a week and a half left before Christmas and it's still possible to get Eskimo art pieces or Northwest Native American art from Free Spirit Gallery in time for those located in Eastern Canada or the northeast US states. FedEx is claiming a three to four business day delivery to these areas. So if you live in the northeast and still have your eyes on a special Eskimo art or Northwest Native American art piece, avoid disappointment and put in your order today.

It is technically possible for all other areas of North America to receive pieces in time as well however in these cases, a higher shipping rate for express delivery service will most likely apply. Contact Free Spirit Gallery right away for express shipping estimates.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Northwest Native American Art Tribal Masks Sold Out

All of our Northwest Native American art tribal masks have been sold out but Free Spirit Gallery hopes to get more in the New Year. Meanwhile, an information article about such masks is at Northwest Native American Art Tribal Masks which show some of the functions of masks as well as images of examples of them.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Cruise Line to Stop Using an Ad that Offends Native Hawaiians

The cruise line Celebrity Cruises will stop using a magazine ad showing the Native Hawaiian King Kamehameha's statue holding a glass of champagne to promote trips to Hawaii. The advertisement caused outrage among Native Hawaiian groups who were insulted by the photo illustration. "We are terribly sorry that we have offended anyone," said Lynn Martenstein, spokeswoman for Celebrity Cruises. Created by Arnold Communications in Boston, the ad also shocked Hawaii tourism leaders, who say it underscores the need for more efforts to educate tourism companies about Hawaii's native culture. At least there is progress in that everyone is learning from these events.

For more Native culture, see Native American Culture Articles. For artwork, see Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Two Weeks Left for Christmas Shopping of Inuit Art Eskimo Art

There are two weeks left for Christmas shopping of Inuit art and Eskimo art. At this point in time, we feel that the regular postal services will not be adequate in terms of shipping speed to get pieces to our customers so we will likely switch over to FedEx for any remaining shipping for Christmas season. It is still possible to get Inuit art or Eskimo art delivered in time for Christmas within North America if orders are made in the next several days. We will have to verify the shipping arrangements. Feel free to contact us for estimates of shipping for this busy holiday season.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Northwest Coastal Artwork of Canadian Beaver

One of the animal symbols of Canada has always been the beaver as depicted on the five cent nickel coin. Lately, two computer generated beavers have been the stars of Bell Sympatico's advertising campaigns including a series of TV commercials. Although we don't come across them that often, the Canadian aboriginal artists do feature the beaver as a subject in their Northwest Coastal artwork from time to time. Free Spirit Gallery currently has such an example in stock with a beaver carving by Northwest Coastal artist and master carver, Cody Mathias. To see more photos and details of this piece, see Northwest Coastal Artwork Carvings and go to the Other Carvings category near the bottom. Also, clicking on the image below will take you directly to the beaver carving.


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Prison Using Canadian Aboriginal Culture

The Ni-Miikana Healing Unit at Stony Mountain Institution, a Canadian prison in the province of Manitoba, is so popular that two-dozen inmates from other units are waiting to get in. Now other Canadian prisons are copying one of Stony Mountain's success stories which is a prison range focused on Canadian aboriginal culture and spirituality. The 78 Ni-Miikana inmates, both Canadian aboriginal and non-aboriginal, live on Ni-Miikana which means "My road" in the Canadian aboriginal Ojibway language. The unit employs four Canadian aboriginal elders who work with the inmates. The inmates learn things like how to make star blankets and teepees, painting, and drumming. Ni-Miikana has the lowest rate of substance abuse, very few incidents and almost no gang activity among all Canadian prison programs. It also has the highest rate of inmates moving into lower security prisons and receiving conditional releases.

For more interesting information, see Canadian Aboriginal Culture Articles.

Also, for wonderful artwork, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Graphic Links With Art of Northwest Native Indians Now Working

Some of the graphic images showing art of Northwest Native Indians on the Free Spirit Gallery website were not working but this has been corrected. So now both the images as well as the text below them are functional links. These are separate links to carvings by Northwest Native Indians and prints or paintings by Northwest Native Indians. Free Spirit Gallery specializes in both artwork of Northwest Native Indians as well as Inuit art.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Killerwhale Attacks Trainer At Seaworld

A female killerwhale attacked one of her trainers at Seaworld in San Diego during a performance. The trainer was bitten on the foot but he did his best to calm the killerwhale down which probably prevented further injuries. After the killerwhale let go, the trainer was able to get out of the pool on his own but required surgery at the hospital. The same female killerwhale performed at regular shows the next day but without the trainers in the water. It is not known what set her off during the incident with the trainer and the staff is trying to investigate. Attacks on humans are very rare. According to one expert, this type of attack is nothing compared to what killerwhales are actually capable of when observing them in the wild during their hunting so this adds more to the mystery.

The Northwest Native Indian people consider the killerwhale to be a very important animal in their culture. See Native Indian Killerwhales for more information.

Also see Northwest Native American Art Killerwhale Carvings.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Only Three Weeks Left For Christmas Shopping

There's only three weeks left for Christmas shopping and I can't underemphasize the importance of putting in your order for any Eskimo art or Native Indian art as soon as possible. Three weeks is close to the maximum time buffer I would suggest for shipping items out in time for Christmas. In fact, for overseas deliveries, we would have past that buffer zone already unless very expensive express overseas shipping is used.

For North American based customers, there is still a very short window of time left (less for points further away from Montreal, Canada). So please avoid disappointment and get your order in if you intend to give some unique Eskimo art or Native Indian art as gifts this holiday season.

Last year, one customer made an order just 5 days before Christmas and had to pay double shipping costs in order to get the item in time for his daughter as a special Christmas gift. Don't make that mistake. Check out our gallery and do your shopping now.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Two More Salmon Fish Carvings Added

I have added two more salmon fish carvings by Northwest Native American art carver Gary Baker to Free Spirit Gallery, a female one and a male salmon. They are priced at $165 US each or $298 US for the pair. These are the last additions of Northwest Native American art carvings for the rest of the year. The existing inventory is on view at the gallery section of the website and once a piece is sold, it is removed from the website as soon as possible.

It is highly suggested to order any artwork from Free Spirit Gallery now if one wants to receive pieces in time for Christmas. If these salmons appeal to you, more details are at Salmon Fish Carvings. For a general overview of our other artwork, take a browse at our gallery.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Inuit Art Puppets Seized By US Customs Officials

Six Inuit marionette puppets being shipped to Rhode Island, USA for repair were seized by U.S. Customs officials as suspected contraband under the 1972 U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. The act protects endangered marine mammals by banning trade products made from them (more information is at Inuit Art Shipping Restrictions).

The puppets are trimmed with the skins and furs of ringed seal, musk ox, caribou and contain beluga whale bones which had washed up on a Pelly Bay shore. The puppets are not for sale as they are used by Inuit elders to teach youngsters about their culture. If the Inuit owners are charged, it could be the first diplomatic incident between the United States and the newly created Inuit territory of Nunavut in Canada. This is not the first time the United States has interfered with Inuit culture. Canadian Inuits crossing into the United States often have seal fur clothing seized by American authorities.

Fortunately, the vast majority of Inuit art at Free Spirit Gallery are free to cross the border to US based customers without any complications as they do not contain any parts of marine mammals.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Do Christmas Shopping Now!

I must emphasize the importance of doing any Christmas shopping now if there are plans to give Inuit or Native American Indian art gifts this year (and what special gifts they will make!). Shipping across borders and going to opposite ends of the continent can take a few weeks under normal circumstances. With busier expected loads on the shipping services during December, ample time must be required for shipping to avoid disappointments. Unless very expensive shipping services are used, we really can't expect to get items delivered rapidly. Even FedEx ground will take anywhere from 4 to 8 business days. Faster services are very costly and late shoppers unfortunately have to pay an arm and a leg for it (in some cases, higher than the price of the item).

So if you want to include Inuit art or Native American Indian art on your shopping list, do it now to avoid disappointment. Check out our art gallery for the best current selections now.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Tribe Wants National Park Created

Thirty years ago, the Canadian aboriginal tribe Dene community of Lutsel K'ein located in the Northwest Territories of Canada turned down a federal proposal to create a national park on their lands. The Dene feared it would interfere with their hunting rights. The aboriginal tribe now views Parks Canada as an ally and is working with the Canadian federal government to create new national park. The proposed park is 25,000 to 38,000 square kilometres and includes the most pristine part of Great Slave Lake, the deepest lake in North America. It is also home to moose, grizzly, black bears and caribou, the Dene's main food source. The Dene are hoping the national park will stop the region's mining claims from disturbing the caribou.

"We've noticed that the caribou are much skinnier. They're not coming around as much as they used to," said James Marlowe of the Lutsel K'e Dene. "And the elders say the mines are polluting the area through emissions from their oil stoves, the noise, the dust."

The Canadian aboriginal tribe wants to call the new park ThaydeneNene National Park, which means "land of the ancestors." "For thousands of years our grandmothers and grandfathers lived off the land and the land is very much a part of our people, and it's very important to protect that," said Sayese Catholique.

See Free Spirit Gallery for unique Canadian Aboriginal Art.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Overseas Shipping of Eskimo Art Went Okay

In the last several weeks, Free Spirit Gallery shipped Canadian Eskimo art sculptures to customers in the Netherlands in three separate shipments and a Canadian Indian art carving to another customer located in Denmark. All shipments to these overseas locations were successful as all native artwork including the fragile stone Eskimo sculptures arrived safely without any damage at all. Our policy of careful and 'over' packing as illustrated in our Packing of Native Artwork page ensures minimal damage, even to long voyages overseas.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Won't be Attending Canadian Aboriginal Festival

Looks like I won't be making the trip to Toronto to attend the Canadian Aboriginal Festival after all. I was originally hoping to go so I could get more video footage and photos of aboriginal dancing and other cultural events. But I still have video footage from the McCord Museum that I still haven't edited yet so there will be more new media to add to the Free Spirit Gallery website yet. I expect to have relocated back to the Toronto area by next year's festival so I'll attend for sure in 2007.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Numbers of Wild Salmon in Eastern Canada Dropping

The numbers of wild salmon in eastern Canada's rivers have dropped dramatically in the last two decades. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (AFS)is trying to learn why the wild salmon fish are disappearing.

"I've likened this to a murder," said ASF scientist, Fred Worisk. "The smolts are heading out to the ocean and there's a murder and we don't know when or where the murder is occurring. So it's awfully difficult to finger the culprit."

Last spring, the ASF tagged 200 salmon smolts with microphone receivers to track their movements from rivers in the province of New Brunswick to the Strait of Belle Isle. Some salmon died in the rivers, while others died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Out of the intial 200, only 7 salmon fish made it to the Straight and they appeared quite healthy.

"They're bigger," said Canadian scientist Paul Brooking. "They've been feeding. They're growing and on their way to their winter feeding grounds."

The scientists will conduct further tests to pinpoint specific areas along these particular water routes where the salmon have died.

Canadian aboriginal artists create some great artwork of salmon fish. See some examples of Canadian aboriginal art salmon fish carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.



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Monday, November 20, 2006

Pacific Northwestern Indian Art Mask a Special Christmas Gift

The Pacific Northwestern Indian art mask that we have in our gallery carved by master carver Cody Mathias would make a very special Christmas gift for someone. This particular Pacific Northwestern Indian art mask would easily be priced at around $2,000 at a street retail gallery. But since Free Spirit Gallery is an exclusively online entity, we are able to offer it under $1,000 US which makes it an incredibly great deal. Since this is the only mask at the gallery right now and that time must be considered for shipping in advance of Christmas, now is the time to order it to secure it.


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Friday, November 17, 2006

Gray Whales Missing From Northwest Coastal Region

Up to 17,000 gray whales are missing from the Northwest Coastal region and scientists are concerned. For the last two years, the whales haven't turned up at their traditional feeding grounds.

"We've just come off a second summer in Canada in which we've had next to no whales show up," said William Megill of Bath University in the United Kingdom. "Not only in our little area, but apparently throughout the traditional feeding areas from Washington on up north. We have no idea where the whales all went this year."

Each summer, gray whales feed in the waters from northern California to the Bering and Chuckchi Seas along the Northwest Coastal region because these areas are rich in plankton. But lately these regions haven't seemed to provide enough food for the whales. Megill said the Bering Sea area has "taken a beating" over the last 10 years, forcing the whales into new habitat. But researchers haven't yet found where these new feeding grounds might be.

"This suggests they may be quite lean this winter, particularly as this is now the second summer they've had to deal with this problem, " Megill said.

Generally, the whales rarely feed in their winter breeding grounds, but researchers observed them trying to feed from the lagoon bottoms last winter. "How much they were getting out of the mud they were sifting, I don't know," Megill said. "But there was a lot of it going on, more than I'm used to seeing. We're expecting to see the animals feeding even more in Mexican waters this year." The gray whales face an uncertain future.

To see a video of the whale research in Baja, California, check out http://www.livescience.com/php/video/player.php?video_id=grey_whale

Also, especially for whale lovers, see Northwest Coastal Art Whale Carvings as well as Inuit Art Arctic Whale Sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Northwest Coast Native Art of the Thunderbird

The thunderbird has been a key figure in not only Northwest coast native art and culture but many other Native American regions. See an interesting information resource article on the Northwest Coast Native Art Thunderbird. Free Spirit Gallery presently has two beautiful Northwest coast native art carvings of thunderbirds by master carver Cody Mathias of Squamish Nation. See these at the Northwest Coast Native Art Bird Carvings section.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Northwest Coast Tlingit Haida Youth Chosen As Ambassador

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has concluded its national convention in Sacramento, California. This year, the NCAI established the Youth Ambassador Leadership Program which recognizes the strong leadership skills of Native American youth. "Native youth are collaborating in ways that will benefit all of us in the future, and this program will only enhance the way in which they coordinate their efforts to improve the lives of their peers," said NCAI president Joe Garcia.

One of this year's chosen ambassadors is Marrisa Corpuz, a Northwest Coast Tlingit-Haida freshman at University of Alaska Southeast. "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to reach out to youth on a national level and a personal level. I am very excited to see the issues that we will be dealing wit and to assist in creating solutions," Corpuz said. "I know that I am working with three wonderful Native youth and with the emergence all of our individual strengths we will make a difference and impact on Indian Nations. I can't wait to get out and hear the voices of the Indian youth of America. I can assure you that we will represent Indian Youth across the nation to the best of our capabilities."

Northwest Coast art can be seen at Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Northwest Coast Native Art of the Thunderbird

The thunderbird has been a legendary figure in Native culture for hundreds of years. It has also been a subject in mainstream culture where it has been everything from a kids TV show to the name of a classic North American car. More background of the this legendary bird is at the Native American Thunderbird article.

At present, there are two Northwest Coast Native art carvings of thunderbirds at Free Spirit Gallery, both by master carver Cody Mathias of Squamish Nation. These beautiful carvings are at the Northwest Coast Native Art Bird Carvings section of the gallery.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Festival in November

The Canadian Aboriginal Festival will take place in Toronto on November 25-26 (actually they will start on November 24 but this day is allocated as an educational day for students). This is one of the largest aboriginal festivals and definitely the largest in Canada. I haven't decided if I want to attend yet as I will have to travel from Montreal and I already made a trip to T.O. last month. I figure that I will have relocated back to Toronto by next year so it would be easy for me to attend the event in 2007. But we'll see. In the meantime, the website for the Canadian Aboriginal Festival is at www.canab.com

Also see Canadian Aboriginal Art at Free Spirit Gallery

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Haida Artists Awarded Grants to Study Northwest Coast Collection

The Burke Museum of Seattle has awarded grants to Haida artists (weavers) Lisa Telford and her apprentice Shauna Colbert to study the museum's Northwest Coast ethnology collection that also includes photo and paper archives. Grants were also awarded to Tsimshian/Tlingit graduate student Mique'l Askren and mixed media Nisga'a artist Mike Dangeli, also to study the Northwest Coast collection.

For contemporary artwork, see Northwest Coast Art.

Another Arctic Fish Comes to Online Inuit Art Gallery

Online Inuit art gallery, Free Spirit Gallery, has welcomed another Arctic fish sculpture. This one is by Timothy Akuliak who puts really nice detail to his fish scultures, especially in the fin areas. To see more details of this Arctic fish sculpture as well as others, see Inuit Sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery.


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Friday, November 10, 2006

Northwest Native Tinglit Youth Camp

About 40 Northwest Native Tinglit youth attended this year’s Latseen Leadership Training Camp in Juneau, Alaska. “Our youth are no longer raised in the traditional way,” said Barbara Cadiente-Nelson from the Sealaska Heritage Institute. “This camp focuses on rooting them in place, reconnecting them to who they are in history. It is important to know your past in order to go forward.”

“Latseen” means “strength” in the Northwest Native Tlingit language (for more Native American meanings, check out Native American Names). Camp events focused on strengthening three Rs: rigor, relevance and relationship. Campers began each day with a “freedom dance” at 7 a.m. They also tended to graves at the Native Graveyard on nearby Douglas Island, prepared meat, rendered seal oil, and learned the traditional Northwest Native Tinglit way to cook salmon—wrapped in leaves baked in the ground. “Our scholars envisioned this camp to build up Native youth and train them to be tradition bearers,” said Cadiente-Nelson.

Some comments from the Northwest Native Tinglit youth:

“I’ve felt disconnected since I left. This camp helped me remember who I am, where I come from. It’s something I wish I could have participated in when I was in high school.” Jennifer Hanlon, 21

“We’ve learned a lot from the elders ... how to carve a dagger and how to build a smokehouse. We dissected and smoked fish, and learned how to prepare other traditional foods.” Tiffany LaRue, 15

Each student earned four college credits for attending the camp: one credit in the Northwest Native Tlingit language, one in physical education, and two in Alaska Native American history.

For magnificent art from the northwest, see Northwest Native Art.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

An 87 Year Old Alaskan Yup'ik Native Dances

The Egan Center in Alaska was packed for the drumming and dance showcase during the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Performers representing Alutiiq, Inupiat, Yup'ik and Southeast Indian traditions took their turns, and then a surprise as 87 year-old Yup'ik Native elder Mary Ann Sundown took the stage to dance. As the beloved "Dance Diva" from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta hobbled onto the stage, bent and slow, cheers from a thousand or more fans shook the roof. She donned her fur headpiece and gripped her dance fans, sitting in a chair to perform. The Alaskan Native elder's coordination, grace, charm, and humor showed throughout her performance. At the end of each song, she struggled to her feet for the final choruses. Her performance included two comic numbers associated with Sundown: the "Mosquito Song," which includes hilarious swatting and itching pantomimes; and the "Cigarette Song." Before leaving, Mary Ann told the crowd in Yup'ik, through a translator, how happy she was to be here.

A slideshow of the 87-year old Yupik elder, Mary Ann Sundown, dancing at AFN Convention is at www.adn.com/photos/multimedia/afn


See Free Spirit Gallery for beautiful northern artwork.

Native Indian Tribe Acquires Historic Land

The Northeastern native Indian tribe Passamaquoddies have a long history in eastern Maine and in New Brunswick, Canada. Recently, the tribe acquired a land parcel that contains rock carvings from thousands of years ago. The 5.5 acre parcel was given to the Passamaquoddy tribe by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust in exchange for a conservation, no-development easement on 300 acres of land. Called Picture Rocks, the carvings include hunters, moose, caribou, shaman and other characters that tell stories about native Indian tribal life and the history of what is now Maine. Among the largest petroglyphs is a large sailing ship moving through water, believed to be a recording of explorer Samuel de Champlain's arrival in 1604. Picture Rocks is perhaps the most important petroglyph site in Maine, said Mark Hedden from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.


To see some examples of great modern day Native Indian art, see Free Spirit Gallery.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Arctic Fish Eskimo Sculpture

Eskimo Inuit carver Adamie Niviaxie of Inukjuak likes to make some very distinctive Arctic fish sculptures. His fish are usually nice and fat resulting in Eskimo sculptures with some good mass. His latest Arctic fish sculpture at Free Spirit Gallery is not exception. At present, this is the only one available. More details and photos are at Eskimo Sculptures near the bottom of the page.


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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Inuit Loon Bird Carvings

One of my favorite Inuit carvers is Saima Alayco who also goes by the name Simon. He carves some wonderful sculptures of loon birds that have exquisite detail, especially in the feathers of the wings. The type of birds that he carves are often loons which have long slender necks and Saima faithfully reproduces these in his carvings. My last one was sold to a customer in the Netherlands and I was lucky enough to get two new loon birds by Saima. I see that he has now starting to carve the wings in different positions which is not an easy thing to do with stone. These Inuit loon bird carvings are at the Other Inuit Carvings category at Free Spirit Gallery.


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Monday, November 06, 2006

More Eskimo Art Seal Carvings In

Our inventory of Eskimo art seal carvings were also sold out last week so we have been able to replace them with a few more new ones that have just been listed online at the Free Spirit Gallery Eskimo Art website. In fact, carvings from the sections for musk ox, Inuit inukshuk and seals were completely sold out but have now been replaced by new pieces.


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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures Have Arrived

Since we were sold out of all of our Inuit inukshuk sculptures this past week, we needed to get a new supply. We were able to bring in four new ones. One was sold immediately and the three remaining ones are currently up at the Free Spirit Gallery website. See Inuit Inukshuk Scukptures for more details. Also see the article on inukshuk for background information.


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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Additional Muskox Inuit Carvings Arrived

Since a corporate customer in Netherlands bought five muskox Inuit carvings as part of a large order, Free Spirit Gallery was sold out of muskoxen. Fortunately, we were able to acquire two additional ones rather quickly and they are also by Billy Nutaraq, who seems to specialize in very interesting looking muskox carvings. See the new muskox Inuit carvings at Free Spirit Gallery among the new arrivals of art.


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Friday, November 03, 2006

Inuit Sculptures as Corporate Christmas Gifts

Due to a large order of Inuit sculptures from a company located in the Netherlands, Free Spirit Gallery is presently sold out of all seal, inukshuk and musk ox carvings. A total of 26 Inuit sculptures is being shipped overseas. We have just acquired Inuit sculpture pieces to replace the stock and they will start coming online at the Free Spirit Gallery website by this Saturday, Novemeber 4.


Please check back with us at the Free Spirit Gallery website later this weekend for the new arrivals of Inuit sculptures. We will have more seals, musk ox and inukshuk carvings as well as others.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

International Shipping of Native Indian Art Can Take Time

Free Spirit Gallery does ship native Indian art as well as Eskimo art to international destinations outside of North America. However, delivery times can be delayed and are unpredictable. The postal services claim a four to six week delivery period but we have experienced delays longer than this. Using other shipping services for overseas shipping has proven to be quite cost prohibitive. We have increased our estimated deliver times for international destinations to four to eight weeks. Unfortunately, once shipments leave Canada, we have no control over the remainder of the delivery which is why we usually make sure that all of our international shipments are fully insured for loss. This way, our international customers will be protected. So if you are an international customer, the good news is that beautiful Eskimo art and Native Indian art is available to be shipped to your destination but just be aware that it could take some time before it reaches you.


For more information on shipping, see our webpage on Ordering Native Indian Art.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Only One Northwest Coast Native American Art Mask Left

There's only one available Northwest Coast Native American art mask left at Free Spirit Gallery and it's a Wild Man mask by Cody Mathias. This magnificent Northwest Coast mask is offered for sale at an incredible price that is about 50% of the typical street gallery price. Check it out at our Native American Art Mask section.



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Friday, October 27, 2006

Only One Dancing Walrus Inuit Sculpture Left

Since a dancing walrus Inuit sculpture was sold earlier this week, there's only one other dancing walrus left at Free Spirit Gallery. Dancing walruses are much less common than dancing polar bears and the one remaining one is actually a drum dancing walrus making it an even more rare Inuit sculpture. If you have had your sights on this one, it is highly recommended that you quickly order it now since we don't know if we will ever come across another like it for some time. See this very unique piece and other walrus carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.


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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Eskimo Art Sculptures Make Great Wedding Gifts

Eskimo art sculptures make some great and unique wedding gifts. My brother sent an Eskimo carving of a loon bird to a friend in France last year as a wedding present after getting the idea when I actually sent him a huge walrus carving for his own wedding. This past week, a lady from Ottawa ordered a dancing walrus sculpture from our gallery and had it sent to her friend who is getting married this weekend. I'm also going to a friend's wedding this weekend in Toronto and will be giving the happy couple Eskimo art as well in the form of a polar bear sculpture. Eskimo art definitely makes a nice addition to a couple's new home and you can be pretty sure that your gift will be very unique as well as special.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

West Coast Native Aboriginals Train With Police

Recently, a 17-week Aboriginal Youth Training Program was held to help strengthen the bridge between police and local West Coast Native Aboriginal communities. Thirty two student interns attended the Canadian nationwide program and worked as peace officers with members of the RCMP and the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association. One student, Roberta Chouinard, 18, spent two weeks in basic training, then was paired with Vancouver Constable Angela Kermer. Both women are of Canadian native aboriginal ancestry and spent a significant amount of time with members of the local West Coast Native Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Chouinard worked side by side with Kermer and was always in uniform during public events. She says the AYTP is a method of recruiting more Canadian aboriginal law officers. "The numbers are pretty low for officers that are of Canadian Native Aboriginal ancestry," said Chouinard. "Even here in North Vancouver, they only have two West Coast Native Aboriginal police officers."


See West Coast Native Aboriginal Art at Free Spirit Gallery

Monday, October 23, 2006

Northwest Coast Native Art Original Paintings

The northwest coast native art prints that we currently have in stock are actually original paintings (since we have sold out all our limited edition prints). These paintings are both bears in the northwest coast native art style. A shot of one of them is shown below. They can both be seen at Northwest Coast Native Art Paintings.


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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Local Native Students Study Walrus in Alaska

The Bristol Bay Summer Youth Stewardship Program gives local Native students in Alaska an opportunity to work in ecological research project. This year the students are researching the Pacific walrus who congregate in Bristol Bay of Alaska. "These are critical habitat areas in Bristol Bay where walruses have come to rest between feeding bouts," said Joel Garlich-Miller of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "These isolated locations are filled up with up to tens of thousands of animals out there nesting." Students are tracking the numbers of walruses and monitoring human disturbances near the resting walruses. Walrus numbers in Bristol Bay are declining, and this long-term project will help develop management plans for the species. Walruses have been one of the most important wildlife species in the lives of Natives and Eskimo populations located in the north. Walruses are often depicted in Eskimo art.


See some wonderful Walrus Eskimo Carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Learning about Canadian Aboriginal Culture

When it comes to learning about Canadian aboriginal culture, The Birch Bark Basket program in Alberta, Canada is among the best programs for young children. Combining games, storytelling, dance and other activities, the program reflects both historic and modern times. The Birch Bark Basket program was developed by a committee of several Canadian Aboriginal individuals across the province of Alberta. Heather Snider from the Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement said the program stems from parent programs which need methods of connecting with the family. This unique program has been introduced in many Canadian city and parent link centers. More information on the Birch Bark Basket Early Ed. Program: is at www.arcqe.ca/birchbark/birch_bark.htm


Speaking of baskets, check out the Canadian Inuit Aboriginal Baskets at Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Larger Killerwhale Orca Native Indian Carving Added

Another new killerwhale orca Native Indian carving by Northwest Coast carver Gary Baker has been added to Free Spirit Gallery. This one is a bit larger than his usual killerwhales and the eye is a bit different. See all the killerwhale orca carvings at the Free Spirit Gallery website.


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Vancouver is Canadian Capital of Northwest Coastal Native Art

Vancouver is usually the acknowledged Canadian capital of northwest coastal native art since that's the city where most tourists visit and where most of the galleries that feature northwest coastal native art are located. In addition to the wonderful native artwork, of course there is so much to see and do in Vancouver as well as the surrounding area. One of my Canadian travel articles is on Vancouver. Check it out, especially if you plan to visit.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Native American Art and Eskimo Art Blog Enhanced

The Inuit and Native Art Bulletin blog which covers Native American art and Eskimo art topics has been enhanced with links to Google ads related to the same topics. There is also the addition of a Google search box at the bottom right side of the webpage for your convenience.


See Native American art and Eskimo art at Free Spirit Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2006

Our Blog on Eskimo Art and Native American Art is Active

I've been browsing around the internet looking at many of the Native culture and Native American art related discussion groups on both the Yahoo and MSN networks. It looks like that most of them are no longer very active and not maintained. They make our own Inuit and Native Art Bulletin blog look pretty busy as we've been pretty consistent in posting several times per week on Eskimo art, Native American art and cultural or current issues.


So those of you who are reading this blog, a quick thank you! Don't forget to check out some of the links on the right hand side of this webpage as well as the Eskimo art and Native American art at Free Spirit Gallery. There are lots of articles and videos there as well.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

NY Museum Did Not Have Proper Respectful Eskimo Art

In 1897 explorer Robert Peary brought six Inuit Eskimo from Greenland to New York so scientists could study them without fear of frostbite. Thousands of New Yorker's met Perry's ship to ogle the three men, a woman, a girl, and a boy. The Inuit Eskimo were housed in the basement of the American Museum of Natural History where scientists, journalists, and others watched the visitors adapt to "civilized" life as some type of exhibit of Eskimo art. Within a year, four of the Inuit Eskimo had died from of tuberculosis. (One of the museum's living Inuit Eskimo had returned to Greenland; the second -- a boy named Minik -- was adopted by a museum official.) Officials turned the bodies over to a medical school for dissection. The medical school then sent the remains to a "bone-house" to clean away remaining flesh. The bones were then shipped back to the American Museum of Natural History to be stored among their artifacts. Meanwhile, the museum failed to notify the Inuit Eskimo families of their relatives' deaths, while arranging for a fake burial to fool the survivors. Minik later claimed to have found his father's skeleton in a display case and immediately requested the bones be returned to Greenland. However, the American Museum of Natural History kept the bones. By the 1990s, following lengthy bouts of bad press, the NMNH finally returned the remains to Greenland for burial. They were interred there in 1993, after almost a century in a drawer. This was certainly not a case of proper and respectful Eskimo art on display at a museum


For more respectful examples, see Eskimo Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Last Pair of Killer Whale Orca Native Indian Carvings

A final pair of killer whale orca Native Indian carvings by Gary Baker have been pulled out from stock and into the gallery. These killer whale orca carvings have been popular as two other pairs have already been sold in the last two weeks. It's incredible how Native Indian carver can continue producing these killer whales and still manage to make each of them unique and slightly different. That's the sign of a good artist.


As with the other pairs, this pair comes with a special price of $298 US but each of them can be bought separately for $165 US. More detail of these pieces are at Free Spirit Gallery's Northwest Native Indian Killerwhale Carvings.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Native American Names and Meanings Book

Here's a book on Native American names and meanings. It has names by Native American tribe or origin, gender, alphabet, English meaning and category. There's actually two separate books included. More details of these books can be found at Native American Names Book or by clicking on the image below;



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Friday, October 06, 2006

Pharmaceutical Sales Career Book Available at Clickbank but not Native Arts Books

Clickbank is one of the most established online retailer of digital products including ebooks (electronic books) in the US. Since Free Spirit Gallery has two ebooks on Native arts, there was a decision that had to be made whether these two titles should be made available to Clickbank or not. It was finally decided that since the two ebooks were already being made available for free download at the Free Spirit Gallery website, it wouldn't be worthwhile to list them on Clickbank for a higher price.

So the two titles, "Overview of Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art" and "Overview of Canadian Arctic Inuit Art" will continue to be available for free for any visitors of the Free Spirit Gallery website. Both of these books were written by the Clint Cora Leung, the founder of Free Spirit Gallery. Just go to the home page for the links to these two books.

However, Clint's latest ebook called "How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales" is available through Clickbank. In addition, this title is available for all Clickbank affiliate sellers who specialize on career titles and more information is available at the book's affiliate page.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Two New Native American Indian Art Killerwhale Carvings

Two new Native American Indian art killerwhale carvings by Northwest coast carver Gary Baker have been added to Free Spirit Gallery's website to replace the two that were purchased this week. They are both 22 inches in length by about 7.25 inches. These Native American Indian art carvings usually retail for $200 US and more at street galleries but Free Spirit Gallery sells them for $165 US online. In addition, there is always a special price of $298 US for two of these Gary Baker carvings since one faces right and the other faces left which would make a nice pair to have on the walls.


See more details and photos of these beautiful killerwhale and other Northwest coast carvings at Native American Indian Art Carvings.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Ancient Haida Aboriginal Art Pieces at McCord Museum

The photos from my visit to Montreal's McCord Museum are now online at three separate webpages at the Free Spirit Gallery website. These are art pieces and artifacts from the Northwest Indian Haida nation in BC. They date back to late 1700s and early 1800s. The first page of photos is at Haida Aboriginal Art and Artifacts.


Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Canadian Eskimo art and Northwest Canadian Aboriginal art.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Travel from Pharmaceutical Sales Career Helped Discover Art

Clint Cora Leung, the owner of Free Spirit Gallery, discovered Northwest Native Indian art and Canadian Eskimo art while traveling across Canada on business during his pharmaceutical sales career. Clint worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative, a product manager and a sales manager in the industry. His exposure to Northwest Native Indian art came as a result of his business trips to Vancouver. After business meetings, he went to the Gastown district of Vancouver and it was here in the various galleries where he fell in love with Northwest Native Indian art.


It was a similar experience with Canadian Eskimo art as well as he found himself visiting galleries in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City during business travel to those cities. He says, "You can say that my time during my pharmaceutical sales career helped me make a transition to the art world."


After 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Clint left to start Free Spirit Gallery, which specializes in Northwest Native Indian art and Canadian Eskimo art. However, he has not left pharmaceuticals completely as he just finished writing a book called "How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales - Direct Inside Advice and Guidance from a Sales Manager". Clint says that this book will help others get their start in the pharmaceutical sales field.


This book on pharmaceutical sales careers is available at www.GetPharmaceuticalSalesJob.com

Monday, October 02, 2006

Not Too Early For Christmas Shopping For Inuit Eskimo Art or Native American Art

Now that it's October, it will soon be the mad rush for Christmas shopping. A very important point to get across is that it is NOT too early at all to start Christmas shopping for Inuit Eskimo art or Native American art. You definitely want to beat the rush and also have the best choice. Also, since it takes time for shipping, you want to have ample time for transport. So the best time for any Christmas shopping if you want to give Inuit Eskimo art or Native American art is now. Take advantage of the lead time as well as the selections at Free Spirit Gallery so you won't be caught in the late shopping rush.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Free Spirit Publishing Launches Pharmaceutical Sales Career Information

Free Spirit Gallery has launched a separate division called Free Spirit Publishing. This separate division will publish information on pharmaceutical sales careers. This is to support a new book written by Free Spirit founder Clint Cora (Leung) called "How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales - Direct Inside Advice and Guidance from a Sales Manager". Before starting Free Spirit Gallery, which is an online gallery specializing in Eskimo art and Native American art, Clint was in the pharmaceutical industry for 14 years.


Clint says, "I still get questions from people on how to get into the pharmaceutical industry so based on my background, it was pretty easy for me to write this book. Now everytime somebody asks me about how to get pharmaceutical sales jobs, I just have to refer them to my book. This allows me to hopefully make some money from my past industry experience but also frees up my time to work on current businesses like Free Spirit Gallery."


For more information, see Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs and Careers at http://www.GetPharmaceuticalSalesJob.com

Friday, September 29, 2006

イヌイットアート - 北西アメリカ原住民アート

ようこそ Free Spirit Gallery(フリー・スピリット・ギャラリー)へ。 Free Spirit Gallery(フリー・スピリット・ギャラリー)では、カナダの北極地で雄大な北西アメリカ原住民アート から精妙なイヌイットアート エスキモーアートをご覧にいただくことができます。個々の作品は、信頼すべきオリジナル独創作品でギャラリー・クオリティーです。アートワークの(本物の)詳しい情報はこちら


オンライン・ギャラリーであることにより、オリジナル・アートワークの典型的な小売価格から20~50%割引価格でご提供することができます。現在のギャラリー作品をご覧になる場合はこちら。

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Enhancements Completed for Eskimo Art Gallery Website

Enhancements for the Free Spirit Gallery website that specializes in Eskimo art and Native Indian art have been completed ahead of schedule. In addition to the English and German pages, the Japanese pages have been updated yesterday. Now the entire site is displaying pages optimally for both 600 and 1024 resolution computer monitor screens.


With the larger photos of Eskimo art pieces, these enhancements made sense as they displayed nicely in the 600 screens but can now take advantage of the wider 1024 screens as well.


So give the Free Spirit Gallery website a go to check out the improvements and see some beautiful Eskimo art as well as Native Indian art.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Inuitkunst - Eskimokunst - Nordwestliche Indianische Kunst der Ureinwohner

Willkommen zur Free Spirit Gallery, auf der Sie außerordentliche Inuitkunst (Eskimokunst) aus dem arktischen Norden Kanadas und großartige nordwestliche indianische Kunst der Ureinwohner finden. Jedes Stück ist authentisch und original und hat Galeriequalität.


Da wir ausschließlich eine On-Line-Galerie sind, können Sie unglaubliche 20 bis 50 Prozent der typischen Einzelhandelspreise dieser echten Kunst sparen. Besuchen Sie unsere Galerie, um zu sehen, was zur Zeit erhältlich ist.


Diese Internet Seite enthält auch viele nützliche Informationen. Sie können unsere kostenlosen E-mail Karten verwenden, um online außergewöhnliche Grüße an Ihre Freunde zu verschicken. Jetzt erhöht für 600 und 1024 Auflösungen.


Sehen Sie Free Spirit Gallery auf Deutsch.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

German Webpages of Native Indian Art Site Enhanced

The German webpages of the Native Indian art site of Free Spirit Gallery have been enhanced to display optimally at both 600 and 1024 resolution screens now. Free Spirit Gallery is an online gallery specializing in Eskimo art and Native Indian art. The website is currently in three languages, English, German and Japanese. The Japanese webpages are still only at 600 resolution but enchancements for these pages are planned for next weekend.


In the meantime, check out either the English or German pages at;

Free Spirit Gallery Native Indian Art in English

Free Spirit Gallery Native Indian Art in German

Friday, September 22, 2006

TV Movie on First Nations Oka Crisis

I watched the first part of the TV movie Indian Summer on CBC last Friday. This movie is about the Oka crisis which was a confrontation between Canadian armed forces and First Nations Mohawk Indians over sacred land during the 90s. I recognize quite a few of the Canadian native actors in the movie. So far, the movie is well done and does its job in educating the audience on the history of events that happended at Oka in Quebec. The second part airs tonight at 8 pm on CBC.


See Canadian First Nations Native art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

First Nations Art in Comic Strip by Native Canadian

Chad Solomon, a member of the Canadian Native Ojibway First Nation, is the creator of the humorous comic strip called "Rabbit and Bear Paws." This interesting new form of First Nations art, published by Little Spirit Bear Productions, Rabbit and Bear Paws is created and drawn with the guidance of community elders in collaboration with writer Christopher Meyer. The first series of comic strips are based upon the teachings of The Seven Grandfathers. As more strips are published, Rabbit and Bear Paws is rapidly gaining fans for its vibrant and entertaining images of Native traditions and oral history. The grandson of Native traditional healer and justice activist Art Solomon, Chad learned from his grandfather, "no matter how old I become, I should always be young-at-heart and that laughter is the greatest medicine."


You can see this unique comic strip by Native Canadians at www.rabbitandbearpaws.com which is a really great refreshing form of First Nations art.


For more traditional looking First Nations art, see Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Native American Indian Art eCards Page Modified

The Native American Indian art eCards page at the Free Spirit Gallery website was the last English webpage to undergo modification to fit both 600 and 1024 size screens. Now changes are complete and the eCards are slightly rearranged so that the page will look decent in both monitor sizes.


The next project will be to modify the German and Japanese webpages of the site starting with the German probably this weekend.


Meanwhile, feel free to give the Native American Indian art eCards page a try.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Improvements to Inuit Art and Native American Art Website

There has been major improvements to the Inuit art and Native American art website from Free Spirit Gallery which took an equivalent of about 5 day's work. Most of these changes will seem transparent to many website visitors but they are improvements.


Users with 800 x 600 resolution screens who previously viewed some of the webpages with images not aligned will now see all pages aligned for drastically improved viewing. Users with wider 1024 x 768 resolution screens will now see the Free Spirit Gallery website expanded to fill out most of their monitors for better balance.


Item pages for each of our Inuit art and Native American art pieces will look more uniform as they now take on a similar format with the gray boxes containing the prices and Buy It links underneath the main image of each item.


These changes may seem minor but they all add up to increased viewing pleasure for our website visitors. We hope that you will all enjoy the site even more now.


Check out the website at www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Native American Indian Baskets Online

To help preserve Native American Indian history, members from the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild recently visited the University of Oregon to go over more than 1,500 Native American Indian baskets collected by school's Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Most Native baskets are from the 18th and 19th centuries when they became more important as decorative items traded for money after tribal life collapsed due to white invasion. "We've seen some real gems," said Lynn Beard. She said many baskets were often repaired and handed down through the generations. Some were so cherished that their owners would not trade them to Lewis and Clark when the explorers encountered Northwestern Native American Indian tribes. The Native American Indian baskets will be eventually be displayed in a digital artifact library available online for all to see.


For Native baskets from the north, see Native Inuit Baskets.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Victory

A remote Canadian Aboriginal community in northern Ontario won the first step in a legal suit protecting their land and mineral rights. The Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug countersued the Platinex Company which, in turn, was suing the tribe to accept $10,000,000,000 so the company could mine platinum on traditional aboriginal territory. Judge GP Smith of the Ontario Superior Court agreed that the land has huge cultural and spiritual importance for the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. The landmark decision represents one of the most important victories empowering Canadian Aboriginal communities in Ontario's judicial history. Any mining by Platinex would have to be agreed to in negotiations.


See Canadian aboriginal art, photos and videos at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Northern Canadian Aboriginal Leader Passes Away at 96

CBC News

Hyacinthe Andre, a respected northern Canadian aboriginal Gwich'in elder in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories, died Tuesday morning at the Inuvik Regional Hospital. He was 96. Andre led the Gwichya Gwich'in of Tsiigehtchic, a hamlet of about 200 people located on the Mackenzie River 1,061 kilometres north of Yellowknife, from 1942 to 1980.

Hyacinthe Andre received a lifetime achievement award last week from the Gwich'in Tribal Council. The longest-serving Gwich'in chief, Andre was described by Gwich'in Tribal Council president Fred Carmichael as one of the last remaining northern Canadian aboriginal traditional leaders.

"The youth wanted a youth centre," Carmichael recalled, "and he said, 'Okay you want a hall? Okay, you come with me,' and he got them to cut some logs."

He added that Andre was full of traditional knowledge and used it to help his people.

"Today, too many people want everything on a silver platter," Carmichael said, "but that wasn't his way."

Andre held many different jobs, including working as a cook on a mission boat along the Mackenzie River in the 1920s, and running a coffee shop and a store in the early 1970s. Andre was married to Eliza Sam and had 12 children.


See Canadian Aboriginl Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Northwest American Indian Tribe Plans Canoe Journey

In August of 2007, the Northwest American Indian Tsimshian Tribe of Metlakatla in Alaska will participate in Tsimshians at Sea, a celebration of their historic trade routes. Haida, Tsimshian and other Northwest American Indian Native carvers and artists are planning to build 14 traditional canoes to travel to the ice edge of the Arctic Circle where they traded with the Makah Tribe. Their travels will also extend along the California Coast to seek the abalone shells used in Northwest American Indian Tsimshian regalia, headdresses and Tsimshian button blankets. The carvers and artists hope their efforts will revive the art of canoe building among Northwest American Indian tribal members. "There's all kinds of sentiment involved," explains Jeff Smith, a Makah tribal member. "The real meaning of the canoe journey is at getting healthy — physical is only a part of it — but it will be recorded, documented, filmed, photographed and placed on CDs."


See Northwest American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Native American Indian Dance of Cherokee Tribe

It's interesting to see the various comments regarding the Native American Indian dance caught on video of the Cherokee performers at the First Peoples Festival this summer. Some didn't think it was authentic while others thought that it was too sacred to be performed in public or captured on video. Nevertheless, this particular video is the one getting the most attention so far among the different Native American Indian dance and music clips at the Free Spirit Gallery website.


See Native American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Photos from First Nations Native Aboriginal Festival

Several photos from the First Nations Native Aboriginal event called the First Peoples Festival in Montreal have been posted to the Free Spirit Gallery website. These shots include Native Aboriginal dancers, drummers and artisans. See them at First Nations Festival.



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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Online Art Gallery Adds Personal Touch to Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada - September 5, 2006 -- Free Spirit Gallery, a Montreal based online art gallery specializing in Inuit and Northwest Native American Indian art, has made enhancements to its website by adding welcome messages by its founder as audio and video clips. Web surfers and potential customers can now see a real human face and voice behind this particular internet business.

Clint Leung, who created Free Spirit Gallery in 2004 says, “Many people are skeptical about websites in general and therefore hesitant to shop online since it’s difficult to tell which sites are legitimate and which ones are crooked. I decided to put a video clip of me online so potential customers can see who is responsible for the gallery. They can see that I am accountable for any business with us.”

Leung also added an audio only version of his welcome message as well as a photo of himself at Free Spirit Gallery’s ‘About Us’ webpage for visitors who do not have high speed internet access. He adds, “Too often, many internet businesses come across as faceless entities out there. By personalizing our website, we can help build people’s trust and comfort levels with us so that they will eventually become our customers. We can also be contacted anytime to help service them.”

So now at least Free Spirit Gallery can be among the current minority of internet businesses who have taken the brave steps to put real human faces out there in connection with their websites.

For additional information, see www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca.

About Free Spirit Gallery:

Free Spirit Gallery is an online gallery specializing in Inuit art and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculptures as well as prints. Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Eskimo Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.

Contact Information:

Clint Leung
Free Spirit Gallery
514-421-1124
http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Haida Artist Robert Davidson Native Drums

Haida artist Robert Davidson is one of the most celebrated contemporary artists in Northwest Coast Aboriginal art today. In addition to working on canvas, this Native Canadian artist also produces wood carvings, designs for coins and other materials. Here is one example from a collection of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Native drums that have been decorated with Davidson's Haida designs. See the others at Robert Davidson Haida Art Drums


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Friday, September 01, 2006

New Images of Northwest Native American Indian Art Prints and Paintings

New larger images of Northwest Native American Indian art prints and paintings have been uploaded at the Free Spirit Gallery website. The new larger images will really show just how nice these prints and paintings are. Check them out now at Northwest Native American Indian Art Prints. Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Northwest Native American Indian art as well as Eskimo art.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Larger Photos for Inuit Sculptures and Eskimo Carvings

We have just spent the last two days taking new and larger photos for the main pages of our Inuit sculpture (Eskimo carvings) at Free Spirit Gallery. The lead photos are now 25% larger with pretty well just as fast download time. Now you can all see these wonderful Inuit sculptures better and really appreciate their workmanship. We will be doing the same thing with our Northwest Native carvings and all the prints soon.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Guarantee Extended at Online Art Gallery Store

Free Spirit Gallery, an online art gallery store specializing in Inuit art and Northwest Native Indian art, has extended its guarantee from 14 days to 30 days. Customers now have 30 days from the date of receipt to return any artwork undamaged for a refund.


Owner Clint Leung feels that customers will be so pleased with any Inuit art or Northwest Native Indian art shipped from Free Spirit Gallery, nobody would want to return any pieces anyway. Leung is confident enough to change the guarantee to 30 days. See the new extended guarantee.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

New Inuit Seal Carvings Added

Free Spirit Gallery has added two new Inuit seal carvings. Both are priced under $100 US. One is by Timothy Nalukturuk while the other one is by a lady Inuit carver by the name of Kimberly Pov. Kimberly definitely shows that she can definitely hold her own with the guys when it comes to Inuit carving. See both of these new pieces at Inuit Seal Carvings.



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Monday, August 21, 2006

New Inuit Inukshuk Sculpture Added To Online Gallery

A new inukshuk Inuit sculpture has been added to Free Spirit Gallery's online store. This inukshuk has some very human-like characteristics and was carved by Lally Aculiak of Inukjuak. This original piece is also under $100 US. Check it out along with the other inukshuk sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery.


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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Some Pieces of Inuit Art Sculptures Video Available

Some of the pieces of the Inuit Art Sculptures video at Free Spirit Gallery are available for sale online. These include the polar bear sculpture at the beginning of the video by Johnnylee Akpalialuk and the female drum dancer by Johnnylee Nooveya. Other available pieces include the three beluga whales, the hunter with seal and the polar bear with hunter antler piece. The video gives these pieces a more three dimensional view which really shows just how special they are. With the attractive online prices that Free Spirit Gallery has as well as free shipping within North America for most pieces, the Inuit art at the website is certainly worth checking out. So check out the video link above or the Inuit Carvings page.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Canadian Indian Language in British Columbia being Revived

Ditidaht village, a Canadian Indian Native community of 210 people, can only be reached from Port Alberni, British Columbia by a 50-kilometer trek along dangerous logging trails. In spite of the Ditidaht's isolation, outside forces have pushed their language toward extinction. With only 8 speakers left, the Canadian Indian Ditidaht language is on the verge of vanishing, along with half of the languages now spoken around the world.

"I was about 7 when my mother died, and my father died two years later," said Christine Edgar, a Ditidaht elder who speaks Ditidaht in her head, but struggles to get the sounds out of her mouth. "All of a sudden I no longer heard the language. There was just nobody to talk to."

Now the Ditidaht are fighting back. In 2003, the band council approved construction of the $4,200,000 Ditidaht Community School so K-12 students could learn their language and culture. The village is amazed by the program's success.

"We're doing whatever we can to document what's left," said Elsie Jeffrey, the language co-coordinator for the 70 students. "We've put out CDs, DVDs; we're working on digitizing the language on www.FirstVoices.ca."

Last year, Selina Atleo became the school's first high-school graduate. The 19-year-old now speaks more Ditidaht than her mother and assists in the daycare language-immersion program. Mike Folrtescue, a linguistics professor, is compiling a 500-page Ditidaht and Wakashan dictionary.


To see wonderful Native artwork from British Columbia, see Canadian Indian Art.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Native Art Online Store

Unlike some other native art galleries that have retail locations as well as a website, Free Spirit Gallery is strictly a Native art online store. That is, Free Spirit Gallery does not operate a street retail location in addition to a website. Free Spirit is an exclusively online art gallery specializing in Eskimo art and Native art. The advantage of this particular setup is that the overhead expenses are much lower and the savings are passed onto customers. Customers who are willing to buy Eskimo art and Native art online can save anywhere from 20 to 50% compared to prices at retail galleries including those that have websites. In addition to these cost savings, many of the pieces at Free Spirit Gallery include FREE SHIPPING within North America and subsidized shipping for overseas customers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Housing Crisis in Canada's Arctic

Canadian Press: In the northern capital city of Iqaluit in Nunavut, Jimmy Papatsie lives with his brother, seven children and four adults in a five-bedroom home.

"It's good," said Papatsie, 32.

He knows he's one of the lucky ones. The housing situation is more desperate for many others.

"I've been on the streets for 12 years," said Oopooteeataggoyak, 52.

He is barred from the local homeless shelter but a friend has given him and several others a trailer where they can spend the winter. Being homeless in one of the harshest climates on the planet is a desperate situation.

"You have to be tough," Oopooteeataggoyak said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his first visit to the Far North on the weekend, promising more military spending to assert Canada's sovereignty over Arctic waters.
The money was welcomed, but many believe federal funds would be better spent on the urgent social needs of northern residents, whose long-time presence is Canada's strongest claim to ownership of the Arctic.

Iqaluit alone needs 200 to 300 more units just to clear the current shortfall in social housing. The territorial government needs another 150 housing units for staff.

"You have families living in bedrooms, essentially, rather than having their own space," said Peter Scott, president of the Nunavut Housing Corp. "There's a lot of sites where you've got three, maybe four families occupying the same three-or four-bedroom unit."

Pressed on the social needs of the northern territory, Harper said his government committed $200 million for housing in Nunavut in its last budget.

"The premier identified that to me even before taking office. . . as the No. 1 priority in this territory and that's why we made it our major incremental funding commitment in the budget," Harper said.

Scott welcomed the investment, but said the corporation would need more than $2 billion today just to clear up the current shortage, due to the exorbitant cost of building supplies in the treeless tundra. Nunavut is not only Canada's youngest territory, it has the youngest average population and it's growing rapidly. The birthrate is nearly double the Canadian average, according to Statistics Canada.

Overcrowding leads to the spread of communicable diseases, particularly lung ailments, and the territory has the highest rate of violent crime per capita in Canada.

"That is a factor," Nancy Campbell, spokeswoman for the territorial Department of Health and Social Services, said of the overcrowding. "We have a lot of respiratory challenges on the health front."

The infection rate for tuberculosis, largely considered a Third World disease, is beginning to stabilize but TB, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (a potent lung infection) can spread like wildfire because of the close proximity in which many families are forced to live.

Premier Paul Okalik said he raised all these issues with Harper over the weekend.

"He realizes we're far behind in terms of the rest of the country and he wants to deal with these matters," Okalik told reporters.

But the Nunavut leader isn't looking for the feds to fix these problems. He wants Ottawa to devolve responsibilities to the territorial government to manage its own funding, like the provinces do.

"I pressed him hard on devolution," Okalik said.

If it doesn't move ahead soon, there is a concern the "vast economic potential" of the North, as Harper called it, could become an economic reality that will benefit the rest of Canada more than Nunavut itself.

"We're very fortunate that oil and gas hasn't been touched, really, so that's why I'm pressing hard for a devolution agreement so we can manage and benefit from it," Okalik said.

The territory would like an agreement in place by the next territorial election but the federal government hasn't appointed a negotiator yet and time is running out. Okalik is trying to be patient.

"If the mandate is comprehensive enough, we can move quite quickly," he said. "I told (federal Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jim) Prentice in the spring, 'Look, as long as you have a good mandate, I can wait a little longer, but if your mandate is going to come in short of our expectations, I'm going to be quite frustrated.' "

But at the moment, the focus for Ottawa seems to be on Canada's stake in the northern sea.

"We have ignored the Arctic for so long and in so many respects," said Dr. John England, a professor of earth sciences at the University of Alberta and one of six national research chairs on the North.

The sudden "neo-colonial" interest in the region has the potential to bring many changes, said England, who has conducted research in some of the furthest reaches of the Arctic over the past four decades.

"Development has the potential to roll over a lot of other interests," he warned, and bring a lot of changes to the culture and lifestyle of northern residents.


To see images of Iqaluit as well as a travel report there, see Trip to Iqaluit.

See Canadian Arctic Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Arctic Territory May Recognize Inuit Sign Language

The Arctic Canada territory of Nunavut already recognizes four languages: English, French, Inuktitut and Innuinaqtun. Now the territory is considering legal status for two sign languages used by its deaf residents. While some Inuit learned American Sign Language (ASL) in southern schools, many deaf Inuit who never learned ASL communicate with Inuit Sign Language, a combination of hand signals, body language and facial expressions. At a workshop for deaf people and their families, Inuit from opposite ends of the territory found they could communicate with in a common language. "Watching people communicate, I found that, well, there did seem to be a very powerful language there," said Jamie MacDougall, a language specialist who researched and created the term, Inuit Sign Language. If the Inuit Sign Language becomes recognized, it would also create more services for deaf people.


See Arctic Inuit Arts at Free Spirit Gallery.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Salmon Carvings in Pairs Popular with Native American Indian Artwork Buyers

The salmon carvings at Free Spirit Gallery by Native American Indian art carver Gary Baker have been popular especially in pairs recently. Male and female salmon carvings have attracted the attention of Northwest Native American Indian artwork buyers online as two such pairs have been snapped up in recent weeks. Another pair featuring a male and female has been added to the salmon Native American Indian carvings section of Free Spirit Gallery. Individually, they can be purchased online at $165 US each. The special price for a pair is $298 US resulting in savings of $32 US. Shipping within North America is free.


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Friday, August 11, 2006

Free Shipping at Online Art Store Gallery

Most of the pieces at Free Spirit Gallery, an online art store gallery specializing in original Eskimo art and Native American Indian art includes FREE SHIPPING within North America. Shipping to overseas locations are partially subsidized as well. Only the several pieces which are under $100 US have extra shipping charges and these are actually stated on each item page so there's no mystery or guessing on what customers will have to pay. But the free shipping is automatically featured for the vast majority of artwork at Free Spirit Gallery for customers within North America.


See Eskimo art and Native American Indian art now at Free Spirit Gallery to take advantage of possible FREE SHIPPING.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Issues affecting youth and elders were a priority for discussion at the recent Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC). Patricia Cochran, the group's chairwoman, also plans to improve communications among all Inuit people living in the circumpolar world. "I see great opportunity for ICC," said Cochran, who is Inuit. "I will tell you that I'm so excited to jump into the middle of this, I can't wait to just get my feet wet." The ICC represents 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia. It meets every four years to discuss issues affecting the Inuit people such as language, climate change and northern pollution.

See Inuit Art at Free Spirit Gallery, an online gallery that specializes in both Inuit art and Native American Art.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Beluga Whales at Aquariums

I was down in Atlanta the other weekend and noticed that the flyer for the Atlanta Aquarium featured a beluga whale on the front. I didn't have time to go to this attraction but it's very interesting how some aquariums around the world are catching onto the beluga whale craze. The Vancouver Aquarium had this huge promotional event a few years back with the birth of a new beluga and the TV commercials around here in eastern Canada about Niagara Falls' Marineland stars their beluga whales complete with a music soundtrack written just for them. The aquariums are definitely positioning the beluga whales into the similar status of the dolphins and killerwhales. When you see video scenes of beluga whales kissing trainers and kids, you know that the urban world has elevated the beluga whales to the category of animals which we must love. In contrast, the Inuit up in the Canadian Arctic have been hunting the beluga whales for food for centuries and I can see that this will be somewhat of a conflict for many in the rest of the world now that most of us are being conditioned to love belugas. After all, who could imagine hunting dolphins or killerwhales as food? And now the belugas? We will have to see what the effects are on people's attitudes when they find out that the Inuit consider the beluga whale to be just game (and rightly so). Perhaps the aquariums never considered this. Since I'm involved in Inuit art, I always respect the ways of our Inuit artists and their culture. However, I have to admit that everytime I see the Marineland TV commercial, I do feel some conflicts deep inside knowing that these wonderful creatures are killed for food. Darn those aquariums and what they have done to me!

Free Spirit Gallery has some nice Inuit carvings of beluga whales. See Inuit Art Whale Carvings.

Coin by Inuit Artist Germaine Arnaktauyok

I was waiting in line at a convenience store the other day and just noticed the 'toonie' (two dollar Canadian coin) I had in my hand was one which featured the design by Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok. I had seen this coin before but since the line was long, I had the opportunity to check it out in more detail. It's actually a very nice looking coin with the design of an Inuit drum dancer that Arnaktauyok used in one of her prints. Inuit art has been featured in other Canadian currency as well. Germaine Arnaktauyok also contributed to the design of a special gold coin for the Canadian Mint back in 2000. See Inuit Art in Coins for details and images at the Free Spirit Gallery website.

Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New Inuit Inukshuk Carving Priced Under $100 US

Free Spirit Gallery just received a new Inuit inukshuk carving that is priced under $100 US. This piece of artwork features a really nice stone with natural veining and was carved by Pita Pirti of Akulivik in Canada's Arctic. A shot of this new inukshuk is below and more details are at Inuit Inukshuk Carvings.


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Australian Aboriginal Leaders Visit Native American Navajo Nation

In June, Native American Navajo Nation officials welcomed several of Australia's most notable indigenous aboriginal leaders to the Navajo reservation. They met to discuss international advocacy and promote international laws for indigenous peoples. During the meeting, Lawrence Morgan explained the Navajo Nation government, its issues, and the three-branch system under which the Navajo Nation operate. "It was exciting to have these discussions with our visitors," said Morgan. "We have learned that as indigenous peoples, we face many of the same issues." The Australian aboriginal leaders included Tanya Hosch from the National Indigenous Youth Movement of Australia.

For Canadian Aboriginal Art, see Free Spirit Gallery

Monday, July 31, 2006

Buying Art Online Made Easy

Buying art online is easy with internet websites like Free Spirit Gallery which specializes in Inuit Eskimo art and Northwest Native American Indian art. Customers can browse through the many beautiful pieces of artwork at Free Spirit Gallery in the comforts of their own homes or offices 24/7. Each art item has multiple images to show different angles and dimensions are stated as well. Ordering through the website's secure shopping cart is easy with a few clicks or customers could phone in their order as well. Art pieces are then shipped directly to the customer's home or office no matter where they are located worldwide. Buying art online has never been easier and in the case of Free Spirit Gallery, there are lots of satisfied customers to prove it. See Customer Testimonials at Free Spirit Gallery. To see what is currently available, see Buying Art Online at Free Spirit Gallery.

Native Canadian First Nations Reserve to Have Nursing Training

This fall, 18 students on the Kawacatoose Native Canadian First Nation reserve in Saskatchewan will begin a practical nursing training program. The reserve has a nursing shortage, and tribal members wanted a nursing program close to home. They approached SIAST to form a partnership of traveling professors and participating hospitals for training. Previously, the band offered an on-reserve four-year education program with the University of Regina. Nineteen Canadian Native First Nations students graduated.

See Canadian Native First Nations Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Native Americans in Alaska Learning Trades

At the Alaska Works Partnership construction academy, 19 to 23 year old Alaska Native Americans are learning a trade. The Kenai Peninsula academy teaches carpentry skills, using hand and power tools, safety issues, and how to read building plans. "Before this, I couldn't do fractions, I couldn't read a tape measure," said William Davis III, 21, who helped build a log cabin at the Ninilchik Tribal Council youth camp. Randy Alvarez, a journeyman carpenter, said that contractors "would love to hire local kids, but they don't have the training. This program put some of their own people to work in the villages," he said.

See Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Scientists and Inupiat Eskimos Monitoring Bird Flu in Alaska

Scientists are stationed in Barrow up in Alaska, the northernmost city of the USA, to look for early warning signs that migratory birds are carrying the bird flu virus to North America. The virus has led to the death or slaughter of millions of birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. It's also killed more than 128 people who had close contract with sick birds. The testing is part of an effort to sample 75,000 -100,000 birds across the nation, many of which migrate through Alaska. However, for Inupiat Eskimos, subsistence hunting is a vital source of food in a community where grocery store prices include $35 for a steak and $7.50 for a gallon of milk. A public information campaign has eased their fears by instructing hunters to thoroughly cook game birds and use rubber gloves when handling and cleaning their catch. Frances Leavitt, a 41-year-old Barrow housewife, says that after the initial concerns about bird flu wore off, the subject became a joke among the hunters in her family. "They would say to each other, 'Are you going to go bird flu hunting now?'" she said.

See wonderful works of Eskimo Art at Free Spirit Gallery.