Sunday, December 31, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
For quick local delivery in the Montreal area, please contact Free Spirit Gallery.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
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
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
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
Monday, December 11, 2006
For more Native culture, see Native American Culture Articles. For artwork, see Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
For more interesting information, see Canadian Aboriginal Culture Articles.
Also, for wonderful artwork, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
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
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
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.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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
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
"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
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
"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.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
"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
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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
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.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Also see Canadian Aboriginal Art at Free Spirit Gallery
Saturday, November 11, 2006
For contemporary artwork, see Northwest Coast Art.
Friday, November 10, 2006
“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
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.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
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
For more information on shipping, see our webpage on Ordering Native Indian Art.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
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
For more respectful examples, see Eskimo Art at Free Spirit Gallery.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
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
See more details and photos of these beautiful killerwhale and other Northwest coast carvings at Native American Indian Art Carvings.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
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."
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
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
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
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.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
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
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
For Native baskets from the north, see Native Inuit Baskets.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
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.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
See Northwest American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
See Native American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
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.
Free Spirit Gallery
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
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
Monday, August 21, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
"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
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
"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.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
See Inuit Art at Free Spirit Gallery, an online gallery that specializes in both Inuit art and Native American Art.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Free Spirit Gallery has some nice Inuit carvings of beluga whales. See Inuit Art Whale Carvings.
Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
For Canadian Aboriginal Art, see Free Spirit Gallery
Monday, July 31, 2006
See Canadian Native First Nations Art at Free Spirit Gallery.
Friday, July 28, 2006
See Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery
Thursday, July 27, 2006
See wonderful works of Eskimo Art at Free Spirit Gallery.