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.