Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
For those interested in salmon fishing, you may want to consider some nice artwork of salmons by Northwest Indian art carvers. They make some really dramatic versions of salmon fish. See examples at Salmon Art.
The salmon is actually a very important aspect of Northwest Indian culture. See its significance in Salmon in Northwest Indian Art and Culture.
Friday, February 24, 2006
For cultural artwork from the Arctic regions, see Free Spirit Gallery Arctic Art.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
For other fine examples of aboriginal art, see Northwest Canadian Indian Art.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
So it looks like the raven is legend in other cultures around the world in addition to Native American. For background information on the Native North American versions of the raven, see Pacific Northwest Native Canadian Art Raven.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
For some background information on the significance of the orca or killer whale as well as a brief description of one of the legends surrounding it, see the Orca Killerwhale in Pacific Northwest Coast Indian art.
Below is a nice Northwest Indian art carving of a killer whale by master carver Cody Mathias.
Friday, February 17, 2006
"We call. We pick them up," she said. "They don't fall through the cracks."
The school also brought native American languages and Pacific Northwest Coast Indian culture into their curriculum. Students study native American languages, choosing to learn either Nez Perce, Walla or Cayuse dialects. Most of the school's 65 students are American Indian.
For excellent examples of the region's American Indian culture, see Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Art.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I've seen many nice contemporary non-native artwork depicting the salmons as well which I'm sure many salmon fishing sportsmen already have. The Northwest Indian art versions of salmon may not be familiar to many fishermen and outdoor sportsmen so here's an invitation to check some out at the gallery section for Native Salmon Carvings.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
"This is very early aquaculture," said Matt Butt, a land management supervisor. "People talk about the Egyptians 3000 years ago, but this is something else."
Around the rocks marking the houses lies discarded flints. "These flints are not made from rock you find here," Butt said. "They come from the coast. It makes you think."
These discoveries may boost interest in the Australian aboriginal culture and their exquisite art. For equally exquisite native artwork from the North American continent, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
“You can’t teach our culture without our language,” said Shirley (Hum-Te-Ya) Toman. “Teaching our children in English makes it harder.”
The residential schools many Native Canadians attended and the Canadian government’s history of trying to assimilate the First Nations peoples have virtually wiped out many native languages. In these schools, First Nations children were not allowed to speak their own native languages and would be punished if they did.
“You were strapped or put in the closet,” said Toman, who spent five years at St. Paul’s residential school in North Vancouver. “Some had their tongues pierced with a pin and told it was so they would remember to not speak their language.”
Toman had already lost the language by the time she attended residential school because she was the second generation of students and her parents had been told to not teach their children their native tongue.
“We didn’t learn the language because it would threaten our living standards at the schools,” she said. “By not knowing the language we couldn’t be punished for speaking it at the schools.”
Both Squamish elders Kermeen and Williams were able to avoid attending the residential schools by escaping the BC provincial police who enforced First Nations children to attend the schools from 1879 to 1986.
“They hid me away,” said Williams, speaking of his parents and the elders in his Squamish nation community.
Fourteen years ago, Toman, Kermeem, and Williams, all members of the Squamish Valley Elder’s Circle, came together with six others to help heal the suffering they endured at the residential schools.
“I lost everything my parents taught me at those schools,” said Marjery (Lats-Mat) Natrall, a Squamish Elder who attended St. Paul’s. “And once you lose it you can never get it back.”
Bob Baker, a Squamish Elder, spent seven years at St. Michael’s residential school in Alert Bay and said the Canadian government went so far as to split up children from the same native communities so they wouldn’t be able to speak to each other in their different native languages.
“In order to get our people out of the language and the culture they moved us to where nobody spoke our language,” he said.
“My Dad said there is no use teaching you [the language] you will only go back to school and get beat up,” said Chief Eleanor Andrews, who spent eight years at the Sechelt residential school and is also a member of the Squamish Elders.
Andrews still knows some of her native words but claims it has become difficult for her to pronounce them. Now, the Squamish Valley education department is working in the community to preserve the native language. Native dance classes are held twice a month at Totem Hall, where the native Squamish language is integrated as a part of the singing and drumming.
Williams was involved with the Squamish Valley education department in the creation of a CD-ROM about the Squamish language. This project was made possible through a grant from the First Peoples Language and Culture Council in Victoria, BC.
“We are in the process of creating our second language CD ROM,” said Rose Reimer, the administrative coordinator for the Squamish Valley Education department.
Reimer said preserving the Squamish Nation language is important because it teaches Squamish Nation children about their history.
“For our children to succeed they need to know who they are and where they come from and they have to remember the elders and the ancestors that came before them and what their struggles were and to honor that,” she said.
“As long as we have the recordings and people are willing to learn.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Unlike other species of bears, polar bears have longer necks and smaller heads making them appear more streamlined. Despite their large sizes, they are incredibly fast being able to run up to 25 miles per hour. At speeds like this, a polar bear can outrun a reindeer. They are also excellent swimmers being able to swim at about 3 miles per hour but for considerable distances.
During winters, they spend most of their time on the ice floes hunting seals. Polar bears have rough, leathery pads on the bottoms of their feet to maintain footholds on slippery ice surfaces. Their adaptation to the cold Arctic waters is even more impressive. Their thick coats of fur traps a deep layer of insulating air around their bodies. An inner layer of fur is so compact that it is almost impossible to wet it. An outer layer of long guard hairs mat together in the water which forms another layer over the inner layer. After a polar bear leaves the water, it simply shakes its body which results in most of the water being thrown right off leaving the bear almost dry. These protective layers of fur ensure that the polar bear’s skin is kept dry most of the time, even while in the Arctic waters.
[to read the rest of this article and to view nice photos of polar bears, see Polar Bears, Rulers of the Arctic North]
Thursday, February 09, 2006
For lots of photos of Inuit Arctic artwork, see Free Spirit Gallery.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)
Chedoke-McMaster Hospital (Hamilton)
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph)
McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa)
Toronto-Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art (Toronto)
Canadian Guild of Crafts (Montreal)
Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau)
McCord Museum of Canadian History (Montreal)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal)
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec)
Crafts Museum, Crafts Guild of Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Eskimo Museum (Churchill)
Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg)
Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton, Champlain Library (Moncton)
Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum (Iqaluit)
Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, Michigan)
Alaska Museum of History and Art (Anchorage, Alaska)
For an online Inuit art gallery with extensive information articles as well as Inuit art for sale, see Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The launch of the exhibit at the Musée de l'Homme was attended by Jacques Chirac, France's president, whose fascination with Canadian aboriginal art took him to Nunavut with then Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien in 1999. Chirac will be the patron of an ambitious new museum of aboriginal art from around the world, slated to open in Paris this year. The same Inuit exhibit played two years ago in Lyon, where it was a smash hit with 90,000 visitors and long lineups on weekends. French television, radio and newspapers have given the show's Paris run full coverage. The works on display in Paris include intricate miniatures to pieces as large as the carvers who made them.
To see more ahout Inuit art, see Inuit Art Information Articles.
Monday, February 06, 2006
These figures may prove that Eskimo art and Inuit art have indeed reached the status of fine art and do have investment potential. Also see the article Inuit Art as Investments.
For Eskimo art and Inuit art that may someday be worth many times their current value, see what is currently available at Free Spirit Gallery of Inuit Art.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
However, in most cases, more than one item could easily fit into the same box. Therefore, instead of ordering two separate items of Canadian aboriginal art in two separate occasions which would require two separate pricey shipping costs, ordering them at the same time would be much more cost effective as combined shipping would required only the one shipping charge. More than likely, any extra weight as a result of combined shipping of multiple items would result in only marginal, if any extra increase in shipping rate.
International customers could order either multiple items for themselves or go in with a friend to take advantage of possible combined shipping. The savings in overall shipping charges for multiple items would certainly make things worthwhile. Even domestic customers have taken advantage of combined shipping. Although many of our Canadian aboriginal art items are already free of charge for shipping within United States and Canada, domestic customers who order an item which features free shipping could easily add another item to the order that does not have free shipping. By combining the order, the shipping would result in free shipping for both items, something that would not have been possible if the customer ordered each item separately.
So when browsing our Canadian Aboriginal Art Gallery, do consider ordering more than one item at a time, particularly our international customers.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Getting to the Arctic has always been a problem for travelers since there are no roads that go up there from southern Canadian cities. The Arctic communities are very isolated from the rest of Canada as well as from each other. Flying in has been the only option although many coastal Arctic areas are serviced by cargo boat during the summers as well. For the average traveler, the air option is the only way to go. Although travel to the Canadian Arctic has increased, the number of travelers going up north is very small compared to number of travelers between southern Canadian cities. As a result, the major Canadian carrier Air Canada and certainly none of the US carriers service the Arctic.
[see the rest of this article at Arctic Travel and Tours]
Thursday, February 02, 2006
More background information on these types of Inuit structures is in the article the Inuit Inukshuk
To see beautiful artwork of these sculptures made by Inuit carvers, see Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures.