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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New Native American Indian Art Salmon Carvings

We have received two new Northwest Native American Indian art salmon carvings by Gary Baker. One is a male and the other is a female. The female salmon is depicted with eggs. They are both the usual excellent quality artwork that comes from Native American Indian carver Gary Baker who is from the Squamish Nation. These salmon carvings are available separately or together as a special price.

For more details and photos, see Northwest Native American Indian Art Salmon Carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.

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Satisfied Customers of Buying Art Online

Free Spirit Gallery, an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo art and Native American art, has had many satisfied customers from around the world including United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. These art lovers chose to buy art online and found the experience wonderful. In addition to lower online prices compared to street retail that Free Spirit Gallery features for its artwork, there is the convenience of delivery straight to customers' homes or offices.

See Customer Testimonials for some comments on buying art online from Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Online Art Gallery Snubbed by International Art Fairs


Montreal, Quebec, Canada - July 24, 2006 -- Free Spirit Gallery, a Montreal based online art gallery specializing in Inuit and Northwest Native American Indian art, claims that they were snubbed by the selection committee of the Canadian International Art Fair. This annual art event is scheduled for November in Toronto, Canada and attracts both art galleries as well as art buyers from around the world. Free Spirit Gallery had applied for a booth at the Toronto event but like all other applicants, had to go through a selection committee which decides which galleries will exhibit.

The problem here is that selection committees of art fairs such as the Canadian International Art Fair are usually comprised of owners of traditional retail art galleries which have actual street locations, i.e., bricks and mortar stores. With the evolution of online shopping, internet based art galleries have emerged over the last few years with Free Spirit Gallery being a prime example. Since exclusively online businesses such as Free Spirit have less overhead expenses compared to street retailers, they can offer their products at lower prices. This has caused a lot of animosity towards online galleries from the traditional art gallery community which considers online businesses to be unfair competition. It was no surprise that the selection committee of the Canadian International Art Fair rejected Free Spirit Gallery’s application to exhibit based solely on their online status.

Clint Leung, who created Free Spirit Gallery in 2004 says, “I was told by Linel Rebenchuk who is the managing director of the Canadian International Art Fair, that no art fairs will allow online galleries. He said that selection committees think that we are unfair with our lower prices for artwork and that we don’t do as much work such as putting on gallery shows.”

Leung recalls a similar hostile reception he got when he visited an Inuit art gallery while in Switzerland. “The owner of that street gallery claimed that us online galleries are destroying the market for art by our low prices ... she just wanted us to die off.”

Despite the attitudes of the traditional art galleries, Leung says that he will not raise his prices to levels similar to those of the street galleries. “The savings we have from lower overhead expenses are passed onto our customers via the lower online prices. Prices could be 20% to even 50% lower for some pieces of original art. We like it. Our customers like it. So why should I raise prices just because the street galleries don’t like us. They just have to learn how to work smarter and adjust to changes in the business world like all other industries.”

Incidentally, after calls to the Boston International Art Fair for possible exhibition opportunities there, Leung never received any return calls after that group realized that Free Spirit was an online gallery. Leung is not deterred though as he says, “We offer an alternative method for art buyers to shop, especially those who live far away from sources of Inuit and Northwest Native American Indian art. There’s nothing wrong with this. We will find other ways to promote ourselves to the art buying market. We will not be going away.”

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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.

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Native American Indian Stick Dance Video

Here's a video showing a Native American Indian dance using sticks performed by dancers from the Huron Wendat nation. Very interesting native dance. See this clip at Native American Indian Stick Dance Video.

Other clips are at Native American Indian Culture Videos.

See Native American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Native American Indian Music Video

Here's a short video clip of Canadian aboriginal - Native American Indian drummers and singers performing at the First Peoples Festival in Montreal. These native performers are from the Huron Wendat nation. See this clip at Canadian Aboriginal Native American Indian Music.

Other videos are at Native American Indian Culture Videos.

Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Canadian Aboriginal Native Art.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Pacific Coastal American Indian Students Bless New Canoe

Pacific coastal American Indian students from Wa He Lut Indian School recently joined community members to bless a new canoe. "Every time a new canoe is built, the canoe is blessed in a ceremony," said language teacher Misty Kalamad. "We taught them the canoe blessing and the teachings of the cedar tree." Wa He Lut serves about 100 Kindergarten to 8th grade Pacific coastal American Indian students. The school focuses on teaching Pacific coastal American Indian culture, and the curriculum includes customs and languages. "If the students get a sense of who they are, they can mix in the world," said assistant principal Brenda Lovin. "Students who live in the urban areas, away from reservations, don't always get that sense of who they are." The canoe will be used as part of Tribal Journeys, an intertribal tour of the Pacific coast and Puget Sound waters scheduled for July.

See Pacific Coastal American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Another Video Showing Carving of Canadian Aboriginal Art Totem Poles

Here's another video showing the carving of totem poles. This one features M├ętis nation sculptor Dennis Charrette who was working on a large piece during the First Peoples Festival in Montreal. See the clip at Canadian Aboriginal Art Totem Pole Carving Video.

See other Native American Culture Videos.

Free Spirit Gallery is an online gallery of Canadian Aboriginal Art

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Ancient Native American Indian Tool Making Video

Free Spirit Gallery has added a video clip showing a demonstration of ancient Native American Indian tool making. This short video shows different tools such as knives and arrow heads that were made entirely from stone. The demonstrator is shown cutting stone with other stone tools. See this at Ancient Native American Indian Tool Making Video.

Other Native American Indian Culture videos are available too.

Free Spirit Gallery is an online Native American Indian Art gallery

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Eskimo Art Book Available As Free eBook

The Eskimo art book title 'Overview of Canadian Arctic Inuit Art' written by Clint Leung is available as a free eBook at the Free Spirit Gallery website. This ebook is jammed pack of interesting information and facts on Eskimo art along with numerous color photos of actual pieces. The book offers a great in depth introduction to the world of Eskimo art.

See more details at Eskimo Art Book. This free eBook is made available by Free Spirit Gallery, an online website specializing in Eskimo Art.

Native American Indian Peace Pipe Dance Video Clip

Free Spirit Gallery has added a video clip of a Native American Indian dance with peace pipes featuring a group of dancers from the Huron Wendat Nation. See this clip at Native American Indian Peace Pipe Dance Video.

Other Native American Indian Culture videos are available too.

Free Spirit Gallery is an online Native American Indian Art gallery

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Canadian First Nations Mohawk Native Dance on Video

Free Spirit Gallery has added a video clip of dancers from a Canadian First Nations Mohawk Native group performing at the First Peoples Festival in Montreal. Very colorful outfits and energetic music. See Canadian First Nations Mohawk Native Dance Video.

Other Canadian Fist Nations Native and Native American Indian videos are available too.

Free Spirit Gallery is an online Canadian First Nations Native Art gallery

Monday, July 17, 2006

Native First Nations Position on US/Canada Border Security

Here is the statement position from the Native First Nations leaders in Canada on US/Canada border security;

"The Canada-U.S. border is not the creation of the First Peoples of this land. Historically, our people moved freely throughout our territory and across what is now the border. We recognize that border security is a key concern for all North Americans, and [we must] address those concerns while ensuring that the rights of First Nations on both sides of the border are respected and protected." Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations National Chief

I guess if would be up to the border officials on how to accomplish this.

For Native First Nations Art, see Free Spirit Gallery.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Native American Indian Tribal Dancing Video

A new video clip of Native American Indian tribal dancing has been added at the Free Spirit Gallery website. This video features a dance group from the Huron Wendat Nation performing at the First Peoples Festival in Montreal. See this new clip at Native American Indian Tribal Dancing Video.

Other videos are at Native American Indian Culture and Art Videos.

See authentic artwork at Native American Indian Art.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

New Video on Canadian Aboriginal Art of Totem Poles

Free Spirit Gallery has added a new video to its site. This video is on the Canadian Aboriginal art of pole carving as demonstrated by Mohawk Native carver Steve McComber during the First Peoples Festival in Montreal. Although totem poles are mainly a west coast thing, other Canadian Aboriginal carvers from different Native groups have studied the techniques and created their own style.

See this video at Canadian Aboriginal Art of Pole Carving.

See the Canadian Aboriginal Totem Poles article.

Online Native American Art Gallery Enchances Site

Online Native American art gallery Free Spirit Gallery has enchanced its website with more internal links on its pages resulting in more navigational efficiency. Owner and webmaster Clint Leung says, "It's now easier to get to each product page from any other part of the site." The main gallery page has been expanded to multiple art categories. Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Native American art from the Pacific Northwest and Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic. So give the enhanced website a spin at online Native American art gallery.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Native American Indian Cherokee War Dance Video

Free Spirit Gallery has added to its video collection. The latest addition is a video clip showing a Native American Indian war dance by a Cherokee group from North Carolina. This performance was shot at the First Peoples Festival in Montreal in June.

See Native American Indian Cherokee War Dance Video

See Native American Indian Culture and Art Videos

See Native American Indian Art at the Free Spirit Gallery website.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Another Northwest Native American Language At Risk

In Nanwalek up in Alaska, the last fluent speakers of the Northwest Native American language Sugt'stun want the school district to give academic credit to students for studying the dying language. But Kenai Peninsula school officials point to budget cuts, federal education standards, Nanwalek's low student test scores and say students must focus on academics such as English and math. "If we add something somewhere, we have to cut somewhere else," said Norma Holmgaard, a district director. "Personally, I think it's really important, but professionally, I can say, is it the responsibility of the School District, or is it the responsibility of Nanwalek?"

Members of the 230-person Northwest Native American community say the Sugt'stun language will disappear if it isn't passed down to their children. "Kenai Peninsula is the Sugpiaq homeland. We are the last band of survivors of the Sugpiaq people," said former bilingual aide Sally Ash. "We consider it an insult that we have no say about how our village school is run." School officials suggest Nanwalek students wanting language credits could take an online Spanish course.

See Free Spirit Gallery for Northwest Native American Art Carvings

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

New Native American Indian Culture & Art Video Page

As with the Inuit Culture, Art and Arctic Video page, there is also a new page that lists Native American Indian Culture and Art Videos on the Free Spirit Gallery site. This page will list all present videos with Native American Indian cultural content. Upcoming new videos will be added to this list as they are produced.

Both of these video pages can be accessed from the Information Articles link at the navigational bar at the top of every page on the site.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New Webpage for Inuit Culture, Inuit Art and Arctic Videos

There is a new webpage in the Free Spirit Gallery online Inuit art website that will list all present and future videos on northern subjects. These will include videos on Inuit culture, Inuit art and Arctic related material. This new webpage can be accessible from the Information Articles link in the navigational bar at the top of all webpages of Free Spirit Gallery. Or you can go directly to this video page right now at Inuit Arctic Videos.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Native Canadian Language Required in Mohawk Community

Previously, I reported that the Nunavut government in Canada's Arctic will require all government staff to learn Inuktituk, the native language of the Inuit in the region. Now, other native groups in Canada have followed suit. In the Mohawk Nation reservation Kahnawake in Quebec, the streets have new traffic signs that read STOP/TESTAN. The signs are part of Kahnawake's goal to revive their native Canadian language and ancestral cultures. As part of this effort, the band council will require Kahnawake's 900 public employees to enroll in native Canadian Mohawk language lessons by September 1. The target is to make 30% of Kahnawake's public employees fluent speakers in five years, 60% in ten years, and 80% in 15 years.

Grand Chief Michael Delisle admits some people are resisting the plan, but he insists it's necessary as only 1,000 of Kahnawake's 8,000 residents can speak the native Canadian Mohawk language. "The value of what this could mean socially and politically is monumental," Delisle said, adding that "so much of who we are is in our language. We want to re-establish it as part of our heritage." Rosetta Stone is providing Mohawk language interactive software. This is the first time the company's product will be used to teach a native language.

See Free Spirit Gallery for excellent Native Canadian art.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Another White Buffalo Born Marking Importance in Native American Indian Culture

Another white buffalo was born recently. This one, named 'Littel Dream Walker' born on June 4 at Spirit Mountain Ranch in Arizona. This ranch now has 8 white buffalo in their herd and they are all from the same family. One female named 'Miracle Moon' has given birth to five of the eight white buffalo and her two daughters have each given birth to white offspring. White buffalo are regarded as sacred messages in Native American Indian culture. They have even been depicted on coins - see Native Indian Art on Coins.

See Free Spirit Gallery for great Native American Indian Art

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Pacific Northwest American Indian Canoes

An ancient tradition among Pacific Northwest American Indian tribes were annual canoe journeys. In 1989, the late Jerry Jones, a master canoe carver, revived the tradition. Now Pacific Northwest American Indian Tulalip tribal members are practicing for this year's grueling canoe journey to the Muckleshoot Indian reservation. "Most journey days are eight, nine, 10 hours out on the water," said canoe skipper, Jason Gobin. "This year we'll be out on the water for seven or eight days." Dozens of Pacific Northwest American Indian tribes and up to 100 canoes are expected to travel from the Puget Sound region and arrive July 31 for a five-day festival at Muckleshoot. Three of Jone's canoes will make the trip.

See the photo of Pacific Northwest American Indian canoes

See Free Spirit Gallery for excellent Pacific Northwest American Indian Art.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Polar Bear Jail in Churchill

Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world in northern Manitoba is beefing up its unique polar bear jail. The provincially run facility is a transformed military warehouse with 23 holding cells with five more new cells coming, will soon offer air conditioning to some of its furry inmates.

"It's not air conditioning that we'd want to get the temperature down to zero or anything," said Shaun Bobier, a district supervisor with Manitoba's Conservation Department.

"If the air temperature outside is 30 degrees . . . if we could knock it down (inside) to 20 degrees, it will make the bear that much more comfortable."

Dozens of polar bears come near or into the town every summer and autumn after the ice on Hudson Bay breaks up, and the ones that can't be easily scared off are put behind bars at this facility. While they're not exactly jaded about living near the world's largest land carnivores, longtime residents have grown accustomed.

"I've been here for so long, I don't get excited about it," said Churchill Mayor Mike Spence, who has had close encounters with polar bears on a few occasions, including a run-in with one while he was driving his car a couple of years ago.

"You just stop and it will mosey along. Or what you try to do is, you'll honk the horn and you'll try to move it."

Bears that are locked up are normally released only when the ice returns, although if the jail gets crowded before then, some bears are flown by helicopter far away from town and released. The five extra cells should reduce the need for pricey helicopter rides, Bobier said.

The expansion of the jail may be timely, because climate change is expected to drive polar bears in western Hudson Bay near human settlements more often. Polar bears need a long winter so they can hunt seals on solid ice, and the ice in that part of Hudson Bay is not what it used to be.

"Over the last 30 years, the average date of breakup has come approximately three weeks earlier than it was," said Ian Stirling, a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service who has published several studies on polar bears.

"Hungry predators . . . don't tend to lie down under a tree and just starve to death, so if they start to get hungry, they're going to look for an alternate food source.

"What we see is that as the breakup gets earlier, there are more and more bears seen in the vicinity of Churchill or in the settlements up the Nunavut coast."

Stirling has also warned the longer ice-free periods have resulted in lower average weights. If the trend continues, female polar bears may eventually no longer be able to carry cubs, he said.

Violent encounters with polar bears are rare, but some have resulted in injury or death. In 2004, a researcher east of Churchill was knocked to the ground by a polar bear and treated for minor injuries in hospital.

On the other side of Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, a 41-year-old woman kicked and hit a polar bear that was threatening her son last February. Lydia Angyiou managed to fight the bear long enough for another Inujivik resident to arrive with a rifle and shoot it. The last fatal polar bear attack in Churchill was in 1983, when a resident who scavenged packages of ground beef from a burned-out hotel ran into a bear.

The town takes special precautions every Halloween to ensure kids can trick-or-treat in safety. A dozen vehicles are driven around the town all evening while eight stationary vehicles are set up around the perimeter. Last Halloween, a polar bear that weighed between 270 and 315 kilograms got close to the town's northern boundary. It was tranquillized and brought to the polar bear jail.

Go to Free Spirit Gallery to see some nice Polar Bear Inuit Carvings.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Native Hawaiians Plan To Self Rule

Native Hawaiians are forming a sovereign government which could someday control the lands and money lost when the U.S. took over the islands. The state's Office of Hawaiian Affairs supports a nation-building proposal that calls for Hawaiian registration, new districts, elections and a constitutional convention. The new government would work with the state and federal governments to absorb Hawaiian programs, revenues and former crown land held in trust by the state. "It's about reconciling history," said Haunani Apoliona. "As Native Hawaiians move into more leadership roles in this process of self-determination and oversight over our assets, it also will bring health and healing to the community." This new plan comes after a bill recognizing Native Hawaiians in a way similar to Native American Indians failed in the U.S. Senate. The new proposed government could take effect as early as July, 2007. Sounds very much like what has been happening in Canada with both our First Nations and Inuit peoples.

See Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery

Monday, July 03, 2006

GST Updated at Inuit Art and Native Art Online Gallery Website

Since the reduction of the GST came into effect on July 1, the Inuit art and Native art online gallery website for Free Spirit Gallery has been updated to reflect this change. All Canadian customers ordering either Inuit art or Native art through the website's secure online shopping cart will be charged 6% GST rather than the former 7%. Quebec customers will still have the 7.5% provincial tax added on.