Friday, September 29, 2006

イヌイットアート - 北西アメリカ原住民アート

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


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

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Enhancements Completed for Eskimo Art Gallery Website

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


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


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

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Inuitkunst - Eskimokunst - Nordwestliche Indianische Kunst der Ureinwohner

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


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


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


Sehen Sie Free Spirit Gallery auf Deutsch.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

German Webpages of Native Indian Art Site Enhanced

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


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

Free Spirit Gallery Native Indian Art in English

Free Spirit Gallery Native Indian Art in German

Friday, September 22, 2006

TV Movie on First Nations Oka Crisis

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


See Canadian First Nations Native art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

First Nations Art in Comic Strip by Native Canadian

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


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


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

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Native American Indian Art eCards Page Modified

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


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


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

Monday, September 18, 2006

Improvements to Inuit Art and Native American Art Website

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


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


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


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


Check out the website at www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Native American Indian Baskets Online

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


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

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Victory

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


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

Friday, September 08, 2006

Northern Canadian Aboriginal Leader Passes Away at 96

CBC News

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

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

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

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

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

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


See Canadian Aboriginl Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Northwest American Indian Tribe Plans Canoe Journey

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


See Northwest American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Native American Indian Dance of Cherokee Tribe

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


See Native American Indian Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Photos from First Nations Native Aboriginal Festival

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



first nations native aboriginal festival drummers

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Online Art Gallery Adds Personal Touch to Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

For additional information, see www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca.

About Free Spirit Gallery:

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

Contact Information:

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

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Haida Artist Robert Davidson Native Drums

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


haida art robert davidson native drum

Friday, September 01, 2006

New Images of Northwest Native American Indian Art Prints and Paintings

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