Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year From Free Spirit Gallery Native Aboriginal Art

Happy New Year from Free Spirit Gallery and thank you to all who visited our website in 2006 for Native Aboriginal art. We will bring in more artwork in January from both our Inuit Eskimo art sources as well as Pacific Northwest Native art suppliers. There will also be more informative articles as well as videos which have been very popular with our visitors this year. So stay tuned throughout 2007 as we will announce additions to our gallery as they come.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Will Use Northwest Native Indian Salmon Legend for Toastmasters Speech

I will have to do a folk tale for one of my upcoming Toastmasters speeches and I think that I will use a version of the Northwest Native Indian story about the Salmon people. The salmon people are thought to be superhuman beings who live in the sea and they turn themselves into salmon fish in order to provide a food source for the people living on land. This should be an interesting story to tell as part of one of the advanced speeches I have to do at Toastmasters. I doubt that many others will source Northwest Native Indian legends for this type of speech so this should be interesting.

To learn more about the importance of the salmon fish to the Northwest region, see Northwest Native Indian Salmon. The Northwest Native artists use the salmon as subjects for their artwork and examples are at Northwest Native Salmon Art.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Another Eskimo Art Sculpture as Wedding Gift

Looks like some people are choosing to get married in the off season as a customer just this past week ordered a nice Eskimo art sculpture of a hunter and seal as a wedding gift for January. This is the second Eskimo art piece that I know of coming out of Free Spirit Gallery for an off season wedding in recent months. But what a nice difference an Eskimo art sculpture will make for a wedding gift rather than your usual pots and pans. Such a piece would be an even more unique gift for weddings in regions where Eskimo art is not well known.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Still Busy Shipping Canadian Aboriginal Art

Despite past deadlines for shipping in time for Christmas, Free Spirit Gallery is still busy this week getting orders and shipping Canadian Aboriginal art on behalf of customers. It seems that Canadian Aboriginal art in both the form of Inuit art and Northwestern Pacific Coast art is very popular as gifts from Canada to folks located elsewhere. Gift buyers this week do not seem to mind if their recipients do not get their packages by Christmas as they are now calling them year end gifts. I expect things will slow down a bit towards the end of the year. We will be planning to acquire more artwork for our gallery in the New Year to replenish stock from a successful holiday buying season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Too Late For Christmas But Inuit Art Always A Nice New Year's Gift

Even though it's probably too late to order Inuit art and get it delivered in time for Christmas (with the possible exception of local Montreal area where I will personally deliver pieces to you), they will still make nice New Year's (or late Christmas) presents.

For quick local delivery in the Montreal area, please contact Free Spirit Gallery.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures Sold Out But More To Come

All of our Inuit inukshuk sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art have been sold but we hope to get more soon, probably after New Year. In the meantime, we have a nice information article on the Inuit Inukshuk explaining its origin and purpose.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Inuit Sculptures from the Canadian Arctic Video

Here's the video showcasing Inuit sculptures from the Canadian Arctic. It is quite representative of the type of Inuit art that is available online at Free Spirit Gallery. These sculptures are made of the local stone that is found in the Canadian Arctic. A map of Inuit communities that produce sculptures is available at that website.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Protect White Moose Like First Nations Culture?

Scandinavia is home to 450,000 moose. Now residents and hunters are at odds over the fate of a rare albino moose spotted in the forests of Ostfold province in Norway. Locals have named the moose "Albin." They want the moose protected from hunters much like it is in Ontario, Canada where white moose are important in First Nations culture and art.

Some hunters and scientists, however, want the moose shot. Albino moose usually have inferior sight or hearing and their lack of pigmentation makes them more visible to predators. If Albin breeds, the hunters say the genetic abnormalities could spread throughout the herd. Morten Brommdal, from the University of Oslo, calls Albin a genetic "mistake... That so many people want the white moose to live is an emotional issue," he said. "It is exciting to have such a rarity rustling around. But if it is spared, we risk the moose's breeding qualities spreading."

Sigmund Lerheim, the head of a local wildlife committee in Ostfold, can't guarantee the moose will be protected. Hunting quotas are limited by age and sex, not colour, he said.

In March, the province of Ontario in Canada passed a law to protecting white moose near Timmins. That decision was made to encourage eco-tourism and to mark the cultural significance of the white moose to First Nations people of Canada. This is similar to the importance of the white buffalo in First Nations culture.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Only One Week Left For Christmas Shopping of Northwest Native Indian Art

There's only one week left for Christmas shopping of Northwest Native Indian art at Free Spirit Gallery. For Canadian customers in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces, our regular FedEx service (free for many of our pieces) will still be able to deliver shipments in time for Christmas. The same goes for US customers in states close by such as those in the northeast providing that orders are placed within the next few days at the latest. For other areas of North America as well as very late shoppers next week, FedEx has express services that could get shipments delivered in a day but these delivery options tend to be pricey and our customers will have to pay for the costs. But if the intention is to get that special piece of Northwest Native Indian art here at the gallery in time for Christmas for that special someone, it is certainly not impossible. Of course, it is still advisable to order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Still Possible to Get Eskimo Art by Christmas

There's about a week and a half left before Christmas and it's still possible to get Eskimo art pieces or Northwest Native American art from Free Spirit Gallery in time for those located in Eastern Canada or the northeast US states. FedEx is claiming a three to four business day delivery to these areas. So if you live in the northeast and still have your eyes on a special Eskimo art or Northwest Native American art piece, avoid disappointment and put in your order today.

It is technically possible for all other areas of North America to receive pieces in time as well however in these cases, a higher shipping rate for express delivery service will most likely apply. Contact Free Spirit Gallery right away for express shipping estimates.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Northwest Native American Art Tribal Masks Sold Out

All of our Northwest Native American art tribal masks have been sold out but Free Spirit Gallery hopes to get more in the New Year. Meanwhile, an information article about such masks is at Northwest Native American Art Tribal Masks which show some of the functions of masks as well as images of examples of them.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Cruise Line to Stop Using an Ad that Offends Native Hawaiians

The cruise line Celebrity Cruises will stop using a magazine ad showing the Native Hawaiian King Kamehameha's statue holding a glass of champagne to promote trips to Hawaii. The advertisement caused outrage among Native Hawaiian groups who were insulted by the photo illustration. "We are terribly sorry that we have offended anyone," said Lynn Martenstein, spokeswoman for Celebrity Cruises. Created by Arnold Communications in Boston, the ad also shocked Hawaii tourism leaders, who say it underscores the need for more efforts to educate tourism companies about Hawaii's native culture. At least there is progress in that everyone is learning from these events.

For more Native culture, see Native American Culture Articles. For artwork, see Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Two Weeks Left for Christmas Shopping of Inuit Art Eskimo Art

There are two weeks left for Christmas shopping of Inuit art and Eskimo art. At this point in time, we feel that the regular postal services will not be adequate in terms of shipping speed to get pieces to our customers so we will likely switch over to FedEx for any remaining shipping for Christmas season. It is still possible to get Inuit art or Eskimo art delivered in time for Christmas within North America if orders are made in the next several days. We will have to verify the shipping arrangements. Feel free to contact us for estimates of shipping for this busy holiday season.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Northwest Coastal Artwork of Canadian Beaver

One of the animal symbols of Canada has always been the beaver as depicted on the five cent nickel coin. Lately, two computer generated beavers have been the stars of Bell Sympatico's advertising campaigns including a series of TV commercials. Although we don't come across them that often, the Canadian aboriginal artists do feature the beaver as a subject in their Northwest Coastal artwork from time to time. Free Spirit Gallery currently has such an example in stock with a beaver carving by Northwest Coastal artist and master carver, Cody Mathias. To see more photos and details of this piece, see Northwest Coastal Artwork Carvings and go to the Other Carvings category near the bottom. Also, clicking on the image below will take you directly to the beaver carving.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Prison Using Canadian Aboriginal Culture

The Ni-Miikana Healing Unit at Stony Mountain Institution, a Canadian prison in the province of Manitoba, is so popular that two-dozen inmates from other units are waiting to get in. Now other Canadian prisons are copying one of Stony Mountain's success stories which is a prison range focused on Canadian aboriginal culture and spirituality. The 78 Ni-Miikana inmates, both Canadian aboriginal and non-aboriginal, live on Ni-Miikana which means "My road" in the Canadian aboriginal Ojibway language. The unit employs four Canadian aboriginal elders who work with the inmates. The inmates learn things like how to make star blankets and teepees, painting, and drumming. Ni-Miikana has the lowest rate of substance abuse, very few incidents and almost no gang activity among all Canadian prison programs. It also has the highest rate of inmates moving into lower security prisons and receiving conditional releases.

For more interesting information, see Canadian Aboriginal Culture Articles.

Also, for wonderful artwork, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Graphic Links With Art of Northwest Native Indians Now Working

Some of the graphic images showing art of Northwest Native Indians on the Free Spirit Gallery website were not working but this has been corrected. So now both the images as well as the text below them are functional links. These are separate links to carvings by Northwest Native Indians and prints or paintings by Northwest Native Indians. Free Spirit Gallery specializes in both artwork of Northwest Native Indians as well as Inuit art.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Killerwhale Attacks Trainer At Seaworld

A female killerwhale attacked one of her trainers at Seaworld in San Diego during a performance. The trainer was bitten on the foot but he did his best to calm the killerwhale down which probably prevented further injuries. After the killerwhale let go, the trainer was able to get out of the pool on his own but required surgery at the hospital. The same female killerwhale performed at regular shows the next day but without the trainers in the water. It is not known what set her off during the incident with the trainer and the staff is trying to investigate. Attacks on humans are very rare. According to one expert, this type of attack is nothing compared to what killerwhales are actually capable of when observing them in the wild during their hunting so this adds more to the mystery.

The Northwest Native Indian people consider the killerwhale to be a very important animal in their culture. See Native Indian Killerwhales for more information.

Also see Northwest Native American Art Killerwhale Carvings.