Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pacific Northwest Indian Tribe at Risk of a Tsunami

The Pacific Northwest Indian Quileute Tribe has been locked on a one-square-mile reservation surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Olympic National Park in Washington state since 1952. Tribal children attending Quileute Tribal School, Head Start Center, and Day Care Center are at risk from a possible tsunami due to the location. With the Pacific Northwest Indian tribe's schools and tribal office in the highest tsunami danger zones, and with no higher lands on which to build, everyone there is worried. "Last year, we saw what a terrible thing a tsunami can be," Chairman Russell Woodruff said. "We have laid out evacuation routes and we have drills, but every one of us worries about what will happen to the over 50 children in the school when this happens."

The Quileute School recently had a traditional memorial ceremony for children killed in 2005's Asian tsunami. They formed a traditional circle, and had drumming as well as singing. The names of the countries devistated by the tsunami were read. Following the ceremony, students took part in an evacuation drill. As warning sirens were sounded, the children from the tribal school, daycare and Head Start were taken in school buses to a tribal building on ground high enough to survive an earthquake as well as a tsunami. Other tribal members also left their homes and workplaces to evacuate to higher ground. Tribal members have only 15 minutes to reach safety in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.

To see some of the magnificent artwork from this region, see Pacific Northwest Indian Art.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Farmed Salmon vs Wild Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

One of the biggest debates in the Pacific Northwest region has been the issues surrounding farmed salmon versus wild salmon. Salmon is one of the most important sources of food in the Pacific Northwest. Other wildlife and the Northwest Native Indian population has relied on salmon fish for hundreds of years. Salmon fish is also a big industry now in the Pacific Northwest.

There are many issues and controversies with the many salmon farms in the area. Statistically, farmed salmon now provides 2/3 of the world's demand for salmon. Farmed salmon have resulted in larger fish compared to their wild counterparts which is a welcomed feature. Farmed salmon are affordable, consistent and available year round where wild salmon are seasonal. The existence of salmon farms which provides needed employment for many Pacific Northwest locals, also reduce the demand on wild salmon stocks.

However, supporters for wild salmon claim that farmed salmons bring parasites and disease to the wild salmon population. These groups say that the salmon farms produce waste products and chemicals that leak out to the ocean which result in environmental problems. The use of antibiotics and other chemicals in farmed salmon also raises health concerns for humans. Economically, salmon farms increase the competition levels against wild salmon fishermen.

Some consumers of salmon fish claim that since wild salmon are likely to be more active with their difficult journeys back to their spawning streams, the texture of their meat is more desired from a dining point of view compared to the farmed salmon which are not as active since they are kept inside pens.

The debates surrounding farmed salmon and wild salmon continues. In the meantime, the Pacific Northwest Native Indian artists continue to acknowledge the importance of salmon fish in their culture and environment by producing excellent artwork using the salmon as subjects. See Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art Salmon Carvings for great examples.

Native American Art and Inuit Art International Shipping to Germany and France

Free Spirit Gallery has successfully shipped Native American art and Inuit art to Europe including Germany and France without a problem. Now with the enhanced international shipping options available at Free Spirit Gallery, customers in Europe are able to choose the shipping option that suits their time frame and budget. Each art item at the Free Spirit Gallery website has specific shipping options and associated costs for international customers. The larger Northwest Native American art carvings have a higher shipping rate for international destinations because of the size of the box required. These boxes are over 26 inches in length which is required for adequate packing of the larger carvings to ensure safe transit. The rates are actually lower than rates quoted by the shipping services because Free Spirit Gallery subsidizes part of the shipping costs for our customers. See the Native American art and Inuit art pages to start browsing available artwork.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Shipping Inuit Art and Eskimo Art to England and Rest of U.K.

Just want to assure customers in England and other parts of the United Kingdom (U.K.) that it hasn't been a problem shipping Inuit art and Eskimo art there from Canada. Free Spirit Gallery has shipped Inuit art and Eskimo art such as Inuit sculptures to England and Scotland successfully to satisfied customers there. With the expanded shipping options available, Inuit art and Eskimo art from Canada could arrive in the U.K. and other parts of Europe such as Germany and France as fast as 4 to 6 business days. More economical shipping options will take 2 to 3 weeks or 4 to 6 weeks depending on the specific item. Each piece of Inuit art and Eskimo art at Free Spirit Gallery has the available international shipping options as well as the associated rates. Just check out each piece at our Inuit Art gallery section for more details.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Alaskan Natives Visit New Zealand Native Culture Conference

A group of Alaskan natives from Kodiak had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand to attend a native culture conference down there and it turned out to be an eye opening experience. The native Maori of New Zealand have been unusually successful at maintaining their language and culture. Their language is recognized as an official language of New Zealand, they are influential in the government and their children grow up fluent in Maori. The Alaskan native delegation attended the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Hamilton, New Zealand, in late November and early December, hoping to return home with ideas to mirror that success.

"It seems everything they do, they've got the golden touch," April Laktonen Counceller of the Alaskan native delegation said. She added, "We wanted to learn how the Maori people preserve their language and culture and are economically successful."

Seven Kodiak Islanders from Alaska involved in the native Alutiiq language program attended the conference to make a presentation on collaborative leadership. The delegates aimed to represent a broad swath of the island, with Counceller, Alisha Drabek, Florence Pestrikoff, Julie Knagin, Mary Haakanson, Peggy Stoltenberg and Susan Malutin. The Shoonaq Tribe, Afognak Native Corp., the Native Village of Afognak, the Koniag Corp. and individuals all contributed money towards the trip. The group also held a drawing to help the elders finance the trip.

More than 3,000 international delegates attended. Counceller said it was a moral boost to see people all over the world fighting the same battles to continue their cultures.

"We ended up being able to learn from everyone, to get that worldwide perspective on indigenous people," Counceller said.

"It felt really good to be around so many people trying to improve their community. It didn't matter if they were from an island in the South Pacific or an island in the North Pacific, like Kodiak," she said.

If only a smattering of adults study a language, it will fade away, she said. Only if children are raised speaking a language will enough new speakers replace the older speakers who die.

Kodiak Island has 35 fluent native Alaskan Alutiiq speakers. Their average age, 74, exceeds the life expectancy for natives in the region.

"There's a lot of urgency to what we do," Counceller said.

In the past year, several Alutiiq speakers have died. In a decade, they could all be gone. "We're fighting against the tide," Counceller said.

One element of the Maori's success is their preschools, which teach in the Native language. Stoltenberg, a teacher in Old Harbor, said that in addition to touring the preschools, the group also chanced to visit a Maori teacher training center while waiting at the bus depot. One of the teachers demonstrated the silent method, where instruction takes place only in the language being taught and uses different colored rods to illustrate words. "She had found success with that method teaching adults and children. People who learn that method learn it quickly," Stoltenberg said.

She was also impressed, and hopes to institute in Old Harbor, the way Maori incorporate the language into every aspect of their lives.

There are similar battles to preserve native languages throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Many tribes are hoping to incorporate their native languages into their local school systems.

To see some artwork from this region, see Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

International Shipping for Inuit Art and Eskimo Art Expanded

The options for international shipping of Inuit art and Eskimo art for overseas customers of Free Spirit Gallery have been expanded. Each Inuit art piece available from our online gallery has two or three different options for delivery from premium 4 to 6 business days delivery to an economical 4 to 6 weeks delivery. Some Eskimo art items feature a mid level 2 to 3 weeks delivery option. Each piece has different shipping rates because of the size of box required, weight of the piece and the value which affects the insurance. Free Spirit Gallery generally insures all Inuit art pieces to be shipped since they are considered valuable fine art.

The international shipping options for our Inuit art are similar to those for our Northwest Native American art but our customers will see a wider range of shipping rates for the Inuit art. This is because of a much wider price range for our Inuit art compared to our Northwest Native American art.

The shipping rates available for each item at Free Spirit Gallery are stated on each page after the description of each piece. Shipping rates for overseas international deliveries are much higher than shipping within North America but for many of our items, our stated shipping rates are actually lower than quotes from the shipping services because Free Spirit Gallery subsidizes part of the overall shipping costs for our international customers. Even with the international shipping rates added on to item prices, our overseas clients will still get good value from Free Spirit Gallery since our item prices are already generally 20 to 50% lower than typical street galleries in North America.

To start seeing what is currently available to all our customers, go to our Gallery page.

International Shipping for Northwest Native American Art Expanded

Free Spirit Gallery has expanded its shipping options for Northwest Native American art carvings to international destinations like Europe and Asia. Shipping Northwest Native American art carvings overseas has always been costly due to the large sizes of boxes that are required for the pieces. For most of the Northwest Native American art carvings now, there are two or three different international shipping rates that our international customers can choose from. They range from 4 to 6 business days delivery being the most expensive option to a lower priced option which takes 2 to 3 weeks. Some smaller pieces will feature a third option which will be the lowest international shipping rate available but takes 4 to 6 weeks delivery.

These international shipping rates are actually higher than what the postal service will quote because Free Spirit Gallery subsidizes a portion of the shipping cost for the international customers for items priced at over $125 US. For such items, shipping within United States and Canada remain free.

Details on shipping rates for each specific item will be stated on the webpages for each specific Northwest Native American art carving. Once an order is received, Free Spirit Gallery will add in the appropriate shipping charge chosen by the customer.

So check out our latest collection of Northwest Native American Art Carvings. We will expand shipping options for our Inuit Art soon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Canada First Nations Community Alarmed by Shortage of Male Births

For nearly half a century, land around the Aamjiwnnang First Nation, has been almost completely surrounded by Canada's largest concentration of petrochemical manufacturing. While growing up, Ada Lockridge never thought much about the pollution from smokestacks or by oil slicks in the local creeks. But now, because of a shocking discovery, she worries all the time. There are two girls born for every boy in her small First Nations community. Experts say this ratio is so out of normal that it indicates serious environmental contamination by harmful chemicals.
The question is which ones?

Another even more pressing question is what else are these pollutants doing to the 850 members of this Chippewa Indian First Nations community? Statistics indicate that 25% of Aamjiwnaang children have behavioral or learning disabilities; Aamjiwnaang children suffer from asthma at three times the national rate; and 40% of women on the reserve have had at least one miscarriage or stillbirth.

The Aamjiwnaang are getting increasingly worried and obsessed about the pollution of their reserve. With every new baby, "We have to worry what's the matter with that child, five years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now." said Ron Plain, a member of the Aamjiwnaang environment committee. Some have suggested that the whole band should simply leave the reserve for a healthier place. But Plain wants to stay and fight by using the band's veto power over pipelines as a bargaining chip. In allowing companies a right-of-way, Plain says the Aamjiwnaang could require funds be established for air monitoring, cleaning up hazardous waste, and other environmental projects.

A clean up is definitely needed but these things take time. Perhaps this First Nations group should assess the best options for the future health of their people.

For more cultural items, see Canada First Nations Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Northern Canadian Yukon School Group Found on U.S. Threat List

CBC News

A group of high school students from the Canadian northern territory of Yukon who attended a peace demonstration in Alaska last year have been labelled a threat by U.S. Homeland Security.

The students and their teachers from Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Yukon's capital Whitehorse, were singled out when they crossed the border on their way to Fort Greely in Alaska to protest the proliferation of missiles.

A document leaked from the U.S. defense department shows the Whitehorse school group is among a list of more than 1,500 anti-war groups considered a risk to American security. They have been lumped in with other organizations such as the Florida Quakers and student unions from major American universities.

Teacher Mark Connell from the school says he was surprised the Grade 11 and 12 students were included on the list. "I think it just indicates the level of paranoia that's at work and that's a current concern," he said.

"I think if I was an American concerned with my security, if all of the resources were being put in to monitor a high school group coming from Whitehorse to learn about an issue and to voice my opinion, then I would be concerned about that as well."

Although the group was labelled a threat at the time of the protest, Connell said they have now been downgraded to what is called the "not credible" category of compromising U.S. security. They have not been told they cannot travel to the United States again, he said.

On a more pleasant note, see Northern Canadian Art for some nice images of beautiful artwork from the north.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Traditional Eskimo Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic Meets Internet High Technology

Press Release From Free Spirit Gallery


Montreal, Quebec, Canada - January 23, 2006 – Traditional Eskimo Inuit art from the isolated Canadian Arctic north is getting a boost in exposure worldwide with the help of today’s internet high technology. Previously, the only outlets to the outside world for Eskimo Inuit art were mainly the relatively small number of Canadian street retail galleries that specialize in this traditional fine art form. Visitors to Canada or the lucky few who made it up to the Arctic north were the only people who got exposed to authentic Eskimo Inuit art.

Now, with the help of Montreal-based Free Spirit Gallery, people around the world can see and learn about Eskimo Inuit art without leaving their homes. The Free Spirit Gallery website is loaded with beautiful color images of exquisite Eskimo Inuit art as well as numerous information resource articles.

Clint Leung, who created Free Spirit Gallery in 2004, says, “Our website is so informative about Inuit art that we’ve had many requests from students and publishers of art related ezines to use some of our information articles.”

One popular feature of the Free Spirit Gallery website is the section of eCards or electronic postcards featuring Eskimo Inuit art. Visitors to the website use these eCards for free to send special greetings or messages to friends online to help spread the word about Eskimo art. Free Spirit Gallery is the only website in the world that offers eCards with both Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.

Through the website, fans of Eskimo Inuit art can now continue to build their collections from the comforts of their own homes wherever they are. According to Leung, Free Spirit Gallery has shipped Eskimo Inuit art to happy customers all over the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Because of the isolation of the Canadian Arctic north, Inuit artists have always had difficulties in getting their artwork out to the rest of the world. The modern technology of Free Spirit Gallery is now helping these artists gain much needed international exposure for their beautiful work.

For additional information, see www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca.

About Free Spirit Gallery:

Free Spirit Gallery is an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo 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 Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.

Contact Information:

Clint Leung
Free Spirit Gallery


Saturday, January 21, 2006

More Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures - Eskimo Art Carvings

Two more Inuit inukshuk sculptures or Eskimo art carvings have been added to the Free Spirit Gallery website. Now there's a nice selection of inukshuk sculptures ranging in price from a very affordable $80 US to $250 US. These are very good representations of the inukshuk with each piece a bit different from the other including one that has a walrus head on the top which is a real special piece of Eskimo art. See these beautiful artwork at Inukshuk Sculptures.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Salmon Fish in Pacific Northwest Native American Indian Artwork and Culture

A new article has been added to the Pacific Northwest Native American Indian Art Information Articles section of the Free Spirit Gallery website. This article discusses the significance of the salmon fish in both the artwork and culture of the Pacific Northwest Native American Indian people. There are about 8 different species of salmon fish found in the Pacific Northwest region including the chinook, sockeye, pink and coho. Salmon have always been a mainstay food source in the Pacific Northwest for both man and wildlife such as bears, large birds and otters.

See this new article at Salmon in Northwest Native American Indian Artwork.

As part of a new shipment of Pacific Northwest Native American Indian artwork received over the holidays, there are currently quite a few wonderful salmon fish carvings.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Native American Art Bird Carvings with Wings Spread Out

Squamish Nation master carver Paul Joseph does some wonderful bird carvings with the wings spread out which is a very unique way to carve his Native American art. These bird carvings are very elegant and not often seen in the Northwest Native American art world. Free Spirit Gallery is very pleased to have recently acquired two such bird carvings, one an eagle and the other a raven. Both birds have their wings spread out majestically. See them at Northwest Native American Art Eagles and other Birds.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

New Inuit Baskets or Eskimo Baskets as Fine Native Arts and Crafts

Free Spirit Gallery now stocks new Inuit baskets or Eskimo baskets made of lyme grass found near the Inukjuak area up in Nunavik (northern Arctic Quebec). These types of hand made baskets are examples of fine traditional Inuit native arts and crafts. The Inuit baskets don't come around often so we are very fortunate to have a few available. All of them have little soapstone carvings on the tops of the lids as handles. See them at Inuit Baskets and Eskimo Baskets.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

New Inuit Inukshuk Carvings Eskimo Sculptures In

Free Spirit Gallery has received some new Inuit inukshuk carvings and two are priced below $100 US. These nice Eskimo sculptures can be seen at the Inukshuk Carvings section of the gallery.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

New Inuit Government in Labrador Canada Defends Language Policy

CBC News -The new Nunatsiavut Inuit government in Labrador Canada is defending a requirement that its president be able to speak both English and the native Inuit language Inuktitut. The town council in Hopedale says the rule excludes many excellent potential candidates who are not fluent in Inuktitut. However, Tony Andersen, the first minister of the Nunatsiavut government, says the requirement was put in place for a good reason.

Andersen himself is not fully fluent in Inuktitut. "I myself believe that the leaders should be able to speak to all, and I think that that is important – to speak to all in their own language, whether it's English or Inuktitut," he said.

Andersen said he is not comfortable with having to rely on an interpreter, especially when he stands in for the president.

"The Inuktitut language is disappearing, but the Nunatsiavut government is focused … that the language is retained and promoted in such a way that the language begins to grow," he said.

The Nunatsiavut election is scheduled for September, 2006. A formal turnover ceremony was held December 1 of 2005. The new government replaced the Labrador Inuit Association as the voice of Labrador's Inuit communities.

See Inuit Soapstone Sculptures for some excellent artwork from the north.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

New Inuit Seal Carvings Eskimo Sculptures Arrived

There are four new Inuit seal carvings and Eskimo sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery. This online Inuit art gallery has a separate Inuit carvings category just for seals already set up. One can view these new pieces as well as existing ones at Seal Carvings. All of these seals are priced Under $100 US

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Alaskan Native Whistling Language a Mystery

Of the 6,800 languages the world, some have a rather unique form of delivery: whistling. In the village of Savoonga in Alaska, some claim an ancient form of communication still exists. Local Alaskan Natives Yaari Kingeekuk and Marisa Jackson call it Kookameegeenuk. According to Kingeekuk, the language was used most frequently when the men were out hunting, to keep track of each other and communicate messages. “We use it to communicate when my friends or relatives were a distance away and I wanted to communicate with them,” said Kingeekuk. Marisa considers Kookameegeenuk a big part of her daily life. “I enjoy using it as a source of communication and I would think it would be really interesting to pass it on to a younger generations.” Jackson said. Yaari hopes to do just that as she knows that the only way to keep Kookameegeenuis alive is to pass it on. Now her children are learning it. However, linguist professors at the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks have never heard of the Kookameegeenuk language. But that doesn't mean the Alaskan Native language does not exist. One professor believes it simply has never been researched.

For more information on northern culture, see Eskimo Art Information Articles.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Inuit Baskets Eskimo Baskets Now a Separate Category at Free Spirit Gallery

Free Spirit Gallery will now feature a totally separate category for Inuit baskets and Eskimo baskets. An image of an Inuit basket has been added to the website's main Gallery page for easy navigation. Although Inuit baskets do not come by very often, we will try to keep at least one in stock if possible.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

New Canadian Aboriginal Art Coast Salish Carvings Under $100 US

There are now quite a few new Canadian aboriginal art carvings by Coast Salish art master carver Cody Mathias priced at under $100 US now. Cody has made some really nice smaller carvings of killerwhales, salmons, thunderbirds, ravens, eagles and even a beaver. The beaver is special because it is not a common subject carved by Canadian aboriginal artists. Cody Mathias is a carver who prefers carving the traditional Canadian aboriginal art way which shows the actual carves on his pieces. All of these new Coast Salish carvings by Cody are priced at very attractive levels in the Under $100 US level. All of Cody's new art works are listed in New Arrivals including the beaver shown below.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Northwest Indian Art Carvings by Paul Joseph

Free Spirit Gallery has received some new Northwest Indian art carvings by Squamish Nation master carver Paul Joseph. Paul has provided us with new carvings of an eagle, raven, bear and a rare seal as well. The seal is not a common subject done by Northwest Indian art carvers so this piece is a real delight. All of these new Northwest Indian art carvings are listed in the New Arrivals page. Part of the seal carving is shown below.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Canadian Waters with Beluga Whales Opening to Oil and Gas Development

CBC News

The federal government is opening part of a protected beluga whale habitat in the Mackenzie Delta and Beaufort Sea to oil and gas companies. Companies have until the beginning of May this year to place their bids on two parcels of water in the region with protected whale habitat, Ottawa announced this week.

The parcels comprise about 156,300 hectares. One is about 70 kilometres west of Tuktoyaktuk, and the other is off the northern coast of the Yukon in northwestern Canada. The Canadian government is offering nine-year exploration licences to the successful bidders, in consecutive terms of five and four years.

Between 20,000 and 40,000 beluga whales migrate into the area every summer because the shallow and relatively warm water offers them easy access to prey. Drilling is prohibited in the most sensitive areas but allowed in the surrounding water, with some restrictions. Federal officials say environmental screening processes will ensure gas explorers don't damage whale habitat.

"They have to be aware that it's not full blown or 100 per cent business as usual if they get a licence in this area," says Richard Casey of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, which regulates oil and gas development offshore in the North. "There might be some specifics that will be asked of them."

"If the migratory route happens during a specific period of time, they won't be allowed to pursue any activity during those months."

However, the move has environmentalists concerned. Peter Ewins of the World Wildlife Federation says the government should be thinking more about protecting habitat and less about making money.

"The federal government is clearly continuing to respond to the pressure of the oil and gas sector to accelerate finds in the Mackenzie Delta-Beaufort region," he says. "And that's all well and good if there were an adequate marine and land-based conservation plan in place. There is not."

Pressure is building on the beluga whale habitat in the Delta. One company wants to dredge through the protected area so it can move its gas production facility into the area. Much of the surrounding water is already leased to gas companies.

Beluga whales are an important part of the Arctic environment and for the Inuit as well. The beluga whale is also well represented in Inuit arts and crafts. For example, see beluga whale Inuit carvings.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

New Gary Baker Killerwhale Native American Wood Carvings In

Free Spirit Gallery has received a new supply of Killerwhale Native American wood carvings by master carver Gary Baker. His killerwhales always sell fast since they are in so much demand. The new stock is very nice with each original piece slightly different from each other. See them at Killerwhale Native American Wood Carvings.

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

New Northwest Native American Art Salmon Carvings Arrived!

New Northwest Native American art salmon carvings by master carver Gary Baker have arrived at Free Spirit Gallery! These salmon carvings by Gary Baker are very popular and sell fast. This time, Gary has made both female and male versions of his salmons. The female salmon carvings have red eggs shown on their bellies. To see these wonderful new creations by Gary Baker, see Northwest Native American Art Salmon Carvings.

There's even a special deal for those who will order a pair of Gary Baker salmons.

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Friday, January 06, 2006

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Logo Based On Inuit Inukshuk

The new 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics logo is based on the Canadian Inuit inukshuk. The new mascot is named Ilanaaq which means friendship in Inuktitut. Some really like the new symbol since it represents the culture, environment and people of Canada but there have been others who are disappointed with the new selection. Northwest Native Indian groups in British Columbia object to the new inukshuk logo as it doesn't represent the First Nations people of BC where the Winter Olympic games will be held. For more information as well as an image of the new Olympics symbol, see the article 2010 Vancouver Olympics Logo Based on the Inuit Inukshuk.

To see actual and authentic art representations, see Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Two Free Spirit Gallery Websites Are Different

There are two websites using the name Free Spirit Gallery. Although both are online art galleries, they are very different. The Free Spirit Gallery www.freespiritgallery.com is NOT the one that specializes in Native American art and Inuit Eskimo art. The .com website is the one featuring contemporary oil and watercolor paintings by US based artist Dara Walters. The website www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca is based in Canada and is the larger one specializing in Northwest Native art and Eskimo Inuit art. There is no relation between these two Free Spirit Gallery websites.

When intending to go to the gallery for Northwest Native or Inuit art, please use the .ca website rather than the .com one.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Teach Alaskan Native Kids Eskimo Arts and Crafts?

Sue Marsh, a volunteer with the Fairbanks Court-Appointed Special Advocates program, relies on her personal experience as a mother as she advocates for abused and neglected children in Alaska. But Sue has one other valuable characteristic. She is an Alaska Native. More than half of the roughly 1,700 children in Alaska state custody are of American Indian or Alaska Native descent. Marsh, 47, is the only Alaska Native CASA volunteer in Fairbanks. Now a new recruitment campaign is attracting Alaska Native people. "It's important to have someone who is objective and who is able to bridge cultural gaps," Atkinson said.

Perhaps more Alaskan Natives in the volunteer program could teach these kids some of their heritage including Native and/or Eskimo arts and crafts. Perhaps a whole new generation of fine Alaskan Native and Eskimo artists can be developed as a result. Check out Free Spirit Gallery to see some nice current Inuit Native art or Eskimo arts and crafts,

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Canadian Native Art - Pacific Northwest Indian Art Expected

The first new arrivals of Canadian Native art or Pacific Northwest Indian art will be expected to arrive at the Free Spirit Gallery website around January 11. They are currently in transit from Vancouver to Montreal. More pieces of Canadian Native art should be coming later on that same week. By the week of January 16, there should be more than 20 to 30 new pieces of Pacific Northwest Indian art available. These will be all new Canadian Native carvings from the Squamish Nation in BC, Canada by such master carvers as Paul Joseph, Gary Baker and Cody Mathias.