Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Inuit Art and Native American Art Posters Prints Clearance Sale

There is a clearance sale at our recommended source for Inuit art and Native American art posters and prints. This sale is through until January 15, 2008 only. Apparently, prices could be up to 75% off so this clearance sales is definitely worth checking out. See Arctic Inuit Art Posters and Native American Indian Art Posters to see what is available.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Working on Canadian Aboriginal Festival Videos

I'm currently spending the holidays working on video clips from the Canadian Aboriginal Festival and I'll make sure that there will be 1-2 in time for the January gallery newsletter. There will also be my written article on the event with photos as well so if you are not on our monthly newsletter list yet, get your name on by entering your first name and e-mail address at the boxes located in the upper right of this blog page.

All subscribers to our free monthly gallery newsletters will be alerted on new articles, videos and artwork arrivals at the gallery. In addition, you will get access to our free highly acclaimed ebooks on Inuit art and Northwest Native Aboriginal art.

In the meantime, you can see back issues in our gallery newsletter archives.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Both Japanese and German Webpages of Native American Art Website Updated

Both our Japanese and German webpages of our Native American art website have been updated now. They use the same design as our English language main website. So if you have any friends who prefer to look at Japanese or German language websites, please refer them to our foreign language versions of our online gallery.

Our main English language website still has the most extensive collection of Native American art information articles and videos and there are links from each of our website versions to each other.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

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

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

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Inuitkunst Indianische Kunst der Ureinwohner Kanada

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 Online-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.

See our German language website

Friday, December 21, 2007

Northwest Native Killer Whale Movie

For those of you who can get the Canadian CTV TV channel, there's an interesting movie tomorrow night (Saturday Dec 22) at 8 pm EST called Luna - Spirit of the Whale. This is about a group of Native people (I assume Northwest) who protect a stray killer whale. I missed it last time it was aired so I will definitely view it this time around.

Of course, being both a huge fan of Northwest Native art, especially their killer whales, and a scuba diver, I always appreciate a good whale movie!

Japanese Webpages For Native Art Gallery To Be Updated

Earlier this year, the entire English language online Native art gallery was updated from a previously black background to a now much brighter and easier to read one. During the summer, our German language webpages were updated with this same new design.

Our Japanese language webpages will be the last section to update. We will be taking the last week of December to complete this task. After New Year, the entire Free Spirit Gallery website will be moved over to the new design.

If you have German and Japanese speaking friends, please refer them to our foreign language webpages;

Native Art in German

Native Art in Japanese

Thursday, December 20, 2007

All Northwest Native American Indian Art Prints Sold Out

All Northwest Native American Indian art prints and paintings have been sold out. The last one which was an original painting of a bear painted by Northwest Native American Indian artist Aaron Joseph, was sold to a local buyer who needed a last minute gift for her boss at work.

We will probably not get anymore art prints anytime soon either but in the meantime, enjoy the video clip we have of Northwest Native American Indian art.

We do have some prints left in our Inuit Eskimo art prints section.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Inuit Art Native Indian Art in Oakville Burlington Hamilton

Free Spirit Gallery, an online art gallery specializing in Inuit art and Native Indian art, will delivery free of charge to customers in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton. In most cases, delivery will be within 24 to 48 hours. Delivery of Inuit art and Native Indian art pieces is possible for both residential homes as well as company businesses located throughout the Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton area.

No More Enook Manomie Dancing Bears Inuit Sculptures

A customer called me the other day and asked if we had anymore dancing bears Inuit sculptures by Enook Manomie. He had heard that Enook had passed on this year so was interested in acquiring a piece at a reasonable price. We use to have a few Inuit sculptures carved by Enook and even had some cloth prints by him. But they were sold long before he had passed away.

Of course now that he's gone, his pieces will be up in demand. I had checked my contacts and nobody had anymore left by Enook which was not surprising. Any Enook Manomie pieces which are left out there will be at some of the street retail galleries where they will certainly be pricing them at top dollars.

We hope that some of Enook's apprentices or past carving students will take up the void that's been left, especially with the dancing bears Inuit sculptures. We currently have a few dancing bears in our Inuit polar bear sculptures section.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Shopping Delivery For Toronto GTA

For Toronto GTA customers who still need to do their Christmast shopping, Free Spirit Gallery can still do deliveries of both Inuit artwork and Native Canadian Aboriginal artwork each day this week including the weekend of December 22, 23 and even Christmas eve on December 24.

Just do your order online or call us and we will schedule you for quick delivery. To see what is currently available, see our online art gallery.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Lots of Interest for our Native Art eBooks From Britain

We have been getting a lot of interest for both of our free Native art ebooks from readers living in Britain lately. Our books on both Arctic Inuit art and Northwest Native Indian art seem to be very popular over there.

So for our readers overseas, it's great to have you onboard. Keep in mind that Free Spirit Gallery has quite a few happy and satisfied customers over in England and Scotland. Shipping artwork there has never been a problem either.

So we welcome all overseas readers interested in Native art to subscribe to our free monthly newsletter in order to get access to our free ebooks. Just subscribe at the box on the top right of this blog.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Last Few Canadian Aboriginal Art Salmon Fish Carvings

A lucky customer bought the last female salmon fish carving yesterday along with a male one. So now, we have three remaining salmon fish carvings by master carver Gary Baker left in the gallery and they are all nice males.

So for fish lovers and outdoor fishing sports enthusiasts, for a very unique representation of salmon, take a look at these wonderful Canadian Aboriginal art fish carvings. They are the last few we have in stock and all are one of a kind pieces.

canadian aboriginal art salmon fish carvings

Friday, December 14, 2007

Only One Week Left For Inuit Art Christmas Shopping

There's only one week left for Christmas shopping for Inuit art if you want your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. Areas in the east coast and central regions of North America will likely get deliveries in time next week but west coast destinations will result in post Christmas deliveries by now. Of course, Inuit art will be pretty well next day delivery for Toronto GTA customers.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Saltwater Tropical Fish Aquarium For Christmas?

As you know, the Native art world regularly draws from nature including the marine world. Fish carvings are made by Native artists as a common art subject.

Thinking of bring part of the real marine world into your home or somebody else's home by buying a saltwater tropical fish aquarium for Christmas? Well, that would be nice but you better get the right knowledge in order to ensure the health of the new precious tropical fish. Here is an excellent resource for Saltwater Tropical Fish Aquariums.

This scenario is almost like that of buying somebody a puppy for Christmas. You want to get the proper knowledge first since anytime you introduce a live animal to a household, there are certain responsibilities required. So if thinking about tropical fish, do the right thing by getting the facts first at Saltwater Tropical Fish Aquariums.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Free Fast Delivery of Inuit Native Art in Toronto GTA

Don't forget that for Toronto GTA customers, Free Spirit Gallery offers fast delivery of Inuit art and Native art without shipping charges. So for your Christmas shopping needs, you can often get your Inuit art and Native art gifts the next day. There is still time to arrange for deliveries direct to your home or office in time for Christmas. So see our Inuit art and Native art now for current selections.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Northwest Indian Art Salmon Fish Carving As Christmas Gift

One recent customer of Free Spirit Gallery will be giving a Northwest Indian art salmon fish carving to a friend as a Christmas gift. Here's what John Prunty of St. Louis, Missouri had to say;

"My salmon woodcarving arrived today. It's just beautiful. It was even nicer than I expected. This piece will be given to a dear friend who is a collector of Northwest Indian art. I know that she will appreciate it even more than I. Please let artist Gary Baker know how much his beautiful creation means to us. And thank you for your great service and excellent communication."

If Indian art or Eskimo art is on your Christmas shopping list, go to our online native art gallery. Depending on where you are located, it is still possible to get artwork shipped to you in time for Christmas.

Monday, December 10, 2007

December Native Art Newsletter

One of my favorite artists is master carver Paul Joseph of the Squamish Nation in BC. Unfortunately, when times are tough for native artists, many of them have to take on full time jobs that take them away from their art.

Paul had to take a nightshift job this year as a security guard which resulted in a very long delay in getting new artwork from him.

We have been waiting since February and it took him this long to finally finish the carvings he promised us. Well, I finally got them in just two weeks ago but there was a scare. FedEx claimed that they delivered the package and left it on my porch when I stepped out for a few hours. When I returned, there was no box.

I thought that somebody stole the shipment but 24 hours later, the large box was sitting at my front door. FedEx had misdirected the shipment on delivery day. What a relief especially when all of the carvings arrived undamaged.

Paul is the only carver I know who is specializing in bird carvings with their wings majestically spread out. His new carvings can now be admired at the following sections of our gallery;

Native American Art Eagles & Other Birds

If you are interested in acquiring one of Paul's beautiful pieces, better hurry and secure your choice NOW because the last time I had any of his spread wing carvings was last year and they sold out very quickly. Due to his work schedule, I probably won't be getting anymore for quite some time.

Paul's bear carvings and a rare beaver carving was quickly sold so it definitely pays to be on this newsletter list in order to be among the first to know about
new arrivals.

Here are the new videos online for this month which feature some Native longhouses from the Museum of Civilization;

Northwest Native American Indian House

Northwest Native American Longhouse and Totem Pole

New articles with still images include one on large Northwest Native wall murals and one on Woodland Native art;

Northwest Native American Art Wall Murals

Woodland Native Art

Finally, if you are shopping for the holiday season, I would urge you to do it NOW in order to take delivery time into account. Don't be disappointed with late deliveries. If artwork is not in the budget, there are always new 2008 calendars that make nice gifts;

Native American Art and Related 2008 Calendars

Inuit Art and Arctic Related 2008 Calendars

Newsletters for early 2008 should feature video and articles from the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, the largest of its kind in Canada so stay tuned.

I wish you and your family a safe, wonderful holiday season,

Clint Leung

Free Spirit Gallery - Exquisite Inuit Eskimo Art & Northwest Native Art

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Marbled Murrelet Bird Carving Project

Master Native Aboriginal carver Cody Mathias will be doing another custom commissioned art project for us. This time, a customer has requested a Native Aboriginal carving of a relatively rare bird called marbled murrelet that is found in the west coast. It will be for her son's graduation gift.

I sent Cody some images of this marbled murrelet bird and he said that he should be able to come up with a really nice Northwest Native Aboriginal design for it. We can't wait to see the final result.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Order Native American Art Gifts In Time For Christmas

If Christmas shopping for Native American art gifts, you better get your orders in quickly. At this point, there is still enough time for shipping from out location in Toronto to all areas in North America but as each day goes by, this time frame will be tighter and tighter. I would strongly urge you to put any orders in by Monday December 10 in order to have the two weeks left for shipping time. Even better is to get the orders in during the weekend so we could start packing your Native American art to ship them out first thing Monday morning.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Native Art Painter Norval Morrisseau Dies At Age 75

On a sadder note, Native art painter Norval Morrisseau passed away at age 75. For those of you who do not know who he is, see the video of his Canadian Museum Civilization art or the article on Woodlands Native art.

The following is the announcement on CBC News;

Norval Morrisseau, one of Canada's foremost aboriginal artists and the founder of an entire art movement, has died.

The Ojibwa shaman and self-taught artist who grew up in northwestern Ontario passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Toronto General Hospital after years of suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease. He was 75.

Known as one of the greatest painters ”native or otherwise” that Canada has ever produced, Morrisseau painted for more than 50 years and gained an international reputation as one of Canada's most original master artists.

In 1989, he had the distinction of being the lone Canadian painter invited to Paris's Museum of Modern Art for the "Magicians of the Earth" exhibition. The French dubbed him the "Picasso of the North."

A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art since 1970, Morrisseau was known for taking traditional icons that had been expressed in his native culture in rock art and birch bark scrolls, then translating those images into the Western media of easel painting and printmaking.

He became celebrated as the founder of what became commonly called the Woodland style, or school of painting, giving way to a revitalization of Anishnabe iconography. His works, filled with striking colour, inspired generations of Canadian and American native artists as well as imitators, spawning an entire industry of fake reproductions.

In 1978, Morrisseau became a member of the Order of Canada. He also received honorary doctorates from Montreal's McGill University and McMaster University in Hamilton. The Assembly of First Nations presented him with its highest honour in 1995, a presentation of an eagle feather.

In his final months battling Parkinson's disease, the artist was confined to a wheelchair in a residence in Nanaimo, B.C. He was unable to paint due to his poor health.

"Norval Morrisseau's courageous and often controversial approach to his work was instrumental in encouraging First Nations people to know their spirituality, history and culture in order to better understand themselves," Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said Tuesday in a statement.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Paul Joseph Northwest Indian Art Bear Carvings Sold Out

All Paul Joseph Northwest Indian art bear carvings have been sold out. We will not expect anymore of Paul's bears coming in anytime soon due to his non-art work schedule. We do have some of his fabulous Northwest Indian art bird carvings but they are starting to sell as well too so better hurray and check them out.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Canadian Aboriginal Festival

I attended the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, the largest of its kind in Canada on Sunday. It was my first time at this event which has been held at the Rogers Centre (Skydome) in Toronto for the last several years.

I got there for the Grand Entry of the native dance contestants and it was certainly a great spectacle to witness, much like the entry of athletes at Olympic games. It was great to see so much representation of different age groups and native bands from across North America.

Lots of video footage and photos were take so this will keep me busy. There will definitely be lots of new video clips and info articles to be added at our Native art website over the next few months. So stay tuned for announcements of additions to the website. The best way is to subscribe to our free monthly newsletter at the top right of this blog page.

I was very impressed with the dancers and the powerful drum music which accompanied each dance performance. I was less impressed with the quality and range of native artwork though. Most were bead work, dream catchers, low range jewelry and t-shirts on sale. The only Northwest Native representation was a single booth offering blankets. No Northwest Native artwork was present. There was one Inuit art booth with only a minimal number of small carvings available.

The traditional food was okay. I had a salad venison stew combo which was delicious. I also tried the buffalo burger but found the deep fried buns to be much too oily for my taste. At $7 per burger, the price was a bit steep too. This was the same price for the stew.

They had fashion shows there too but they were more contemporary and most of the action was still at the main dance areas. There were many other booths representing native groups and related businesses but I think these were of little interest to most attendees.

The Rogers Centre Skydome was a good indoor location for the event but given the relatively sparse attendance especially of non-natives, it might have been too large a venue as I would estimate that only 10 percent of stadium seats at most were ever occupied at any one time.

Would I go again? Sure, for the $10 ticket entry, the native dance and music performaces were certainly worth it.

Artwork at the event was disappointing but lots of great quality Native Aboriginal art is available at our gallery.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Coast Salish Canadian Aboriginal Art Salmon Fish Carving

A new Coast Salish Canadian Aboriginal art female salmon fish carving was just added today at the gallery to replace another one that was just sold. This is my last female salmon carving by Gary Baker in stock. So check out the details of this female salmon complete with her eggs and her male counterparts at Canadian Aboriginal Art Salmon Fish Carvings.

canadian aboriginal art salmon fish carvings

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Inuit Native Art Gallery Website Uses eCards

Many of you who are frequent visitors to our Inuit Native art gallery website at Free Spirit Gallery have probably noticed and even used out Tell a Friend facility to inform your friends online about our informative articles. However, we have decided to remove the Tell a Friend scripts from our website because they were resulting in misuse by spammers so instead, we are now encouraging the use of our wonderful Inuit Native art eCards to tell your friends about our website. We have 19 different eCards to choose from and they all feature beautiful artwork from the Arctic north or the Pacific northwest coast. Best of all, the use of our eCards is absolutely free. So go check them out if you haven't already done so.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Nice Size Polar Bear Inuit Carving at Decent Price

Here's a really nice size polar bear Inuit carving at a really decent price. It is 8 inches in length and weighs a solid three pounds. You would think that such a polar bear carving would go for $500 to $750 range but go to its webpage to see more details as well as the attractive price. Click on the image below to get there. Would make a great Christmas gift.

polar bear inuit carvings

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Paul Joseph Pacific Northwest Native Art Bird Carvings

One of Paul Joseph's specialities is his magnificent spread wing Pacific Northwest Native art bird carvings. As one can see in the example below of a bald eagle, his bird carvings are just awesome works of art that will be a centerpiece for any wall. Paul carves eagles, ravens and thunderbirds with spread wings. There are several of them that came in with his latest shipment of artwork for Free Spirit Gallery. See these at Pacific Northwest Native art bird carvings.

pacific northwest native art bird carvings eagle

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Another Paul Joseph First Nations Aboriginal Carving Sold

Those Paul Joseph carvings are certainly getting a lot of attention and I have a feeling that when the December newsletter gets sent out early next week, there will be even more attention to his recent artwork. One of this bear carvings just got sold yesterday leaving only one more bear left in our First Nations aboriginal art carvings section.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Northwest Native Indian Art Beaver Carving Sold Quickly

Looks like the Northwest Native Indian art beaver carving by Paul Joseph got a lot of attention and it was quickly sold to one of our customers in California. In fact, there were multiple orders that came in for that piece and we unfortunately had to give it to the first person who came through with an order.

This is proof that it is beneficial to be on our monthly newsletter mailing list as not only do we send out our informative newsletter each month, but if there are new arrivals of artwork as in the case of Paul Joseph's shipment, you will be among the first to be alerted. Since these pieces are original one of a kind artwork, usually the first people who know about them will be the lucky purchasers. You don't want to miss out on any great collecting opportunities for both Northwest Native Indian art and Inuit art like with the case of this beaver carving so do make sure that you are on our list by signing up at the top right of this blog. Of course, you will also get access to our free native art ebooks too.

Monday, November 26, 2007

New 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Art Calendar

Among the new 2008 calendars I saw available at Calendars.com, there is a new one with Canadian Aboriginal art with what looks like to be one of Norval Morrisseau's artworks on the cover. It's the first calendar on our new 2008 Native Art Calendars page.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rare Northwest Native Canadian Aboriginal Art Beaver

One of the carvings that arrived with Paul Joseph's shipment was a rare Northwest Native Canadian Aboriginal beaver carving that he did. Beavers are not a common subject in Native Canadian Aboriginal art but Paul did a wonderful job is carving one. It's tail is certainly one of the signs of the beaver. For more details of this carvings, see Native Canadian Aboriginal Art Beaver.

northwest native canadian aboriginal art beaver carving

Friday, November 23, 2007

New Northwest Native American Bear Carvings

We finally have some new Northwest Native American bear carvings. These were carved by master carver Paul Joseph. These bear carvings were done with beautiful detail. Take a look at them at our Northwest Native American Art Bear Carvings section.

northwest native american art bear carvings

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Northwest Native American Art Arrived Safely

I almost had to write off an entire shipment of new Paul Joseph Northwest Native American art carvings this week after one heck of a 24 hour scare. FedEx was scheduled to deliver the shipment to me on Tuesday. I had an appointment at noon so had to leave for about two hours. I posted a note on our front door mentioning that FedEx could simpy leave the box on our porch since this is a very safe neighbourhood.

Then when I got home, I checked the FedEx website and they indicated that my package was delivered while I was gone. Well, there was no box on my porch. So I had thought that somebody actually stole it soon after FedEx dropped it off. My heart just sank as Free Spirit Gallery has been waiting for these carvings from Paul ever since February (another story about that soon). I called FedEx and they claimed that the package was delivered but will investigate further.

The next day, I had another noon hour appointment. There was no callback from FedEx yet so I was prepared to deal with the loss. When I came back from my appointment, there was a large box waiting for me on my porch. Some relief but not completely yet since Paul Joseph's carvings tend to be on the fragile side.

I opened the package and unpacked all the Northwest Native American art carvings and it turned out that all were accounted for and undamaged. Now I was completely relieved! I hope to start getting a few of these beautiful Native carvings on the gallery website by the weekend.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November Native Art Gallery Newsletter

Before I get to this month's new videos and articles, I just want
to mention that we are now heading into the busiest shopping season
of the year and if you are shopping for gifts, NOW is the time to
do it while there is still a nice stock selection. But even more
important is the DELIVERY TIME required as you want to secure items
well ahead of the mad rush in December.

AVOID disappointment with possible late shipping by shopping for
any artwork NOW. You can start browsing at our Native art gallery.

One of the master carvers we work with, Cody Mathias, just
completed a custom designed piece for one of our customers and it
is a stunning bald eagle holding a salmon. See it at custom Northwestern Native art.

Here are the new videos online for this month which feature more
treasures from the Museum of Civilization;

Animal Totem Pole

Haida Argillite Aboriginal Carvings

Northwest Native Museum Artifacts

Norval Morrisseau Artwork

New articles with still images include one on native longhouses and
one on the Vancouver Canucks logo which you can decide if it was
native inspired or not;

Northwest Native Longhouses

NHL Hockey Team Vancouver Canucks Logo (Native inspired?)

Navajo jewelry gemstones

I will be attending the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at the end of
this month in Toronto and plan to get lots of video footage as well
as photos. So you can bet that there will be more videos and
articles for the months to come.

Until next month and don't forget to do your shopping now before
the mad holiday rush,

Clint

Free Spirit Gallery

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Native Canadian Aboriginal Art To Arrive Today

As I can see on my FedEx page, the shipment of new Native Canadian Aboriginal art carvings by Paul Joseph should be arriving today. It will probably take 1-2 days to process them which involves taking photos and measurements. Then all the information and images will be uploaded to our aboriginal art gallery website where everyone can view the new pieces. Since this is a special occasion as we rarely get new pieces from Paul anymore, we will alert all of our monthly newsletter subscribers.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Another Testimonial From A Happy Inuit Art Gallery Customer

Here's another testimonial from a happy Inuit art gallery customer. This one is from Deborah Aikman who was the lucky person who purchsed the white stone dancing bear sculpture this week. She wrote;

"Thank you very much for delivering the dancing bear sculpture. It is so beautiful! I have a feeling that you will be receiving more orders in the future."

See more Inuit art gallery testimonials.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

White Stone Inuit Carvings

We are sold out of our last white stone Inuit carvings since a local customer here in Toronto purchased the white stone dancing bear carving this week. However, if you still want to get specifically a white stone Inuit carvings, see our partner at Gallery Canada.

Of course, we have many other color stone Inuit carvings at our online art gallery.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Paul Joseph Northwest Native Canadian Indian Art Carvings Coming

It was confirmed today that the long awaited Northwest Native Canadian Indian art carvings by master carver Paul Joseph are definitely on the way. I should be getting them sometime next week and they should be up at the gallery by month end. Stay tuned for this exciting news.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Another Custom Pacific Coast Northwest Aboriginal Art Carving

We will be doing another Pacific Coast Northwest aboriginal art carving with master carver Cody Mathias once again as the commissioned artist. This time, it will be a raven carving approximately three feet wide. Of course, once he's finished with this project, we will post photos of it at the Free Spirit Gallery website.

Monday, November 12, 2007

More Female Salmon Carvings To Come

The female salmon Northwest Indian art carving by Gary Baker was sold today but we do have more in stock. We will add another female salmon carving to our online art gallery tomorrow. Both male and female versions of salmon fish will be available at Northwest Indian art salmon fish carvings.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Inuit Throat Singers Perform In Ireland

Inuit throat singers Lois Suluk Locke and Maria Illungiayok, both from Arviat, Nunavut up in the high Arctic Canada, recently performed this past summer at the Festival of World Cultures in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information on this interesting style of music, see Inuit Throat Singing.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rare White Stone Inuit Inukshuk Carving Sold

The rare white stone Inuit inukshuk carving we brought in was just sold today to a regular customer of ours. The only other white stone Inuit carving we have left in our gallery is a beautiful dancing polar bear.

There are still other nice inukshuk carvings at the gallery but no more in white stone.

Like I said many times, if you have your eyes on a particular Inuit carving, especially if it is rare, then it is highly advisable to order it if the price is right. I can't get duplicates or even promise getting something similar again.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Inuit vs Eskimo Terms

Sometimes we have to restate our policy on using the terms Inuit and Eskimo again since comments for some of our videos showed up at YouTube. Some people again are claiming that our use of the term Eskimo is not appropriate.

It is true that Canadian Inuit prefer no to be regarded as Eskimos but their counterparts in Alaska still freely use this term. Also, the official Canadian government Igloo tags still have Eskimo Art printed on them.

The reality is that our Inuit videos and Inuit art articles are aimed at a worldwide audience. Most people worldwide still do not know the term Inuit. Therefore, we use the terms Inuit and Eskimo interchangably when naming some of our videos as well as articles. This way, more people will find our videos and articles.

If we stuck to just the term Inuit, many people out there will never have found our videos and articles. The wonderful culture of the Inuit would perhaps not be exposed to them. So once we have our Inuit information articles and Arctic videos found through the use of the term Eskimo, our website's disclaimer statement at the bottom of our website art gallery home page will educate everyone on the Canadian term Inuit.

This is our firm policy on this issue.

Clint Leung, Free Spirit Gallery

Monday, November 05, 2007

Potlatch Article in Current Issue of Native Peoples Magazine

There is an excellent article about Northwest Native potlatch ceremonies in the current issue of Native Peoples magazine. Vintage photos of potlatches are featured as well. For more information on the history of this type of native ceremony, see the Northwest Native Potlatch article at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Vancouver Canucks Orca Killer Whale Team Jersey

Just an update on our article about whether the Vancouver Canucks hockey team logo was inspired by Haida Native art or not. We've added links to IceJerseys.com,
an online source where you can actually get one of these team jerseys with the Vancouver Canucks orca killer whale. Or you can simply click on the graphic below for more information.



Next Custom Northwest Native American Art Project

Our next possible custom Northwest Native American art project is a large 36 inch raven carving. One of our customers is almost ready to commit to this project and looks like master carver Cody Mathias of Squamish Nation will be the chosen artist again. Cody will make some rough sketches for possible designs and I will run them by the client. Cody has been our most accessible carver recently and therefore is currently out top choice for custom Native American art projects at Free Spirit Gallery. We are always excited to be part of such custom special commissioned artwork.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Next Native Art Newsletter On November 6

Our next Native art gallery newsletter will be coming out on November 6 so make sure you get on the list for our system to send out by signing up at the box on the upper right of this blog page. Our next issue will feature links to more new videos from the Museum of Civilization as well as new information articles with nice images.

Subscribters to our free monthly newsletter also get our two very informative ebooks on Native art and Inuit Eskimo art. The October issue is already on our Native art gallery newsletter archives.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Inuitskulpturen Eskimoschnitzereien Eisbären Tanzender Bär

Sehen sie Inuitskulpturen Eskimoschnitzereien eisbären tanzender bär an der Free Spirit Galerie.

Alle Inuitskulpturen und Eskimoschnitzereien sind mit einem Igloo - Anhänger zur Echtheitsbestätigung der kanadischen Regierung versehen.



Inuitskulpturen Eskimoschnitzereien Eisbären

Inuitkunst Eskimokunst von Kanada

Deutsche web site neu entworfen. Sehen sie Inuitkunst Eskimokunst von Kanada an der Free Spirit Galerie. Freies kunst bücher.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

German Website For Inuit Art Native Art Gallery Redesigned

Inuit art and Native art gallery Free Spirit Gallery has completely redesigned its German website to look like its English version which went through a major overhaul earlier this summer. The German website now also has the white background. More artwork (both Inuit art and Native art) will be added to the German webpages so that it reflects a similar collection in the English website.


The German language website can be accessed by going to the main home page of the English website where there is a link to the German pages. The German version of Free Spirit Gallery's website can also be accessed directly at Free Spirit Gallery German website. A German language post announcing this redesign will be on the blog tomorrow.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Northern School System In Alaska Leaves Nobody Behind

One northern school system in Alaska leaves nobody behind. Alaska's Chugach School District, based in Anchorage and serves tiny villages scattered across 22,000 square miles of remote areas. Instead of books, each K-12 student totes around a thick report card book listing his or her progress through the district's 1,000+ learning standards.

All the students' report cards will look different because Chugach's model follows the rule that in order to move to the next level, you must master the one that precedes it. A passing grade is at least 80% and every student must learn every subject at every level. When a student is done, they can graduate, whether they are sixteen or twenty-one years old.

"Time was the constant and learning was the variable -- that's the old model," says Roger Sampson, who led Chugach's transformation in the 1990s. "We switched. What's constant is learning. Time is the variable."

At times, the demands can be "pretty upsetting," says Teresa Totemoff, a graduate of Tatitlek Community School, who recalls slacking off for a while and then realizing she had much work to do to graduate. "I remember crying, I don't want to do it no more! But it was my own progress. I was proud of all I got done."

Certainy this is an interesting way to run a school system. Maybe other school systems should investigate this type of method.

See Free Spirit Gallery for northern art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

New Northwest Native Indian Spirit Bear Carving

I just received a new Northwest Native Indian art Spirirt Bear carving done by Gary Baker. It is not often that I get Native art bear carvings these days so this is special. This particular bear carving is about 18 inches and is the only one in stock at Free Spirit Gallery. More details of it are available at Northwest Native Indian Bear Carvings.



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October Native Art Gallery Newsletter

This is going to be another GREAT month for new videos as the second set of clips from my visit to the Museum of Civilization is now online.

First, there was a stunning large sculpture of an Inuit family that I managed to get a 360 degree walk around with. The two large Haida canoes decorated with Northwest Indian art designs featured in last month's still image article are now on video. I was quite intrigued with a giant beaver and of course there is additional footage of the museum's large mask collection. All of these were captured in the following clips.

Large Inuit Family Sculpture
Northwest Indian Masks
Giant Northwest Native Beaver
Haida Canoes with Northwest Indian Artwork

I did a new article showing one of the most interesting totem poles I've seen since it also acts as a ceremonial entrance to a Northwest Native house. This article shows the totem pole with both full views and close ups of the designs.

Animal Totem Pole at Museum of Civilization

A new article on information about Southwest Native Indian Kachina Dolls is at Kachina Doll Facts and it has a link to a Kachina dictionary as well.

I noticed some new 2008 calendars featuring Inuit art, Native Indian art, Native American culture and wildlife are now available. We don't sell them but they can be seen at;

Inuit Art and Arctic Calendars
Native American Culture and Wildlife Calendars

New Inuit carvings have been added in the polar bears, inukshuk and walrus sections - check them out at our Inuit Carvings

Finally, I'm also expecting long awaited new Northwest Native artwork by master carver Paul Joseph to arrive sometime this month. When that happens, I'll make an announcement of their arrival.

Clint
Free Spirit Gallery

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Custom Canadian Native Indian Art Carving

Master carver Cody Mathias recently completed a new custom Canadian Native Indian art carving that was specially commissioned for a customer. As with all custom projects, it is gallery policy that the piece is sent to me for inspection before shipping it out to the customer.

So I just received this wonderful piece from Cody yesterday and it is a stunning bald eagle holding a salmon as specified by the customer. It is a nice sized Native Indian carving measuring 26 inches by 16 inches.

After taking some photos, the carving was immediately shipped out to our customer in Alberta. These projects tend to take some time but the wait will definitely be worth it for our customer. For more information on such special projects, see our Custom Northwest Canadian Native Indian Art. Cody's piece is pictured on page 2 of our custom Native Indian carvings.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Is NHL Hockey Team Vancouver Canucks Logo Native Art Inspired?

The NHL hockey team Vancouver Canucks has an orca as part of its logo on the team jersey. Was this logo design inspired by Native art? Many say it was. A new article about this team logo will be ready for the Free Spirit Gallery website next month. The November issue of our free monthly newsletter will include the link to this new article. Sign up for this newsletter at the top right side of this blog page.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Working On New Article About Northwest Native Indian Longhouses

I am currently working on a new article about Northwest Native Indian longhouses. This article will also feature photos I took of the representations of longhouses at the Museum of Civilization near Ottawa, Canada. It will be ready soon and announced in the November issue of our free monthly gallery newsletter. If you haven't already signed up for our newsletters, go to the box on the top right side of this blog. You will also receive two free Native art ebooks.

In the meantime, check out the Northwest Native Indian Carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rare Inuit Soapstone Carving of Drum Dancing Walrus Sold

A rare Inuit soapstone carving of a drum dancing walrus by Willie Ishulutak was finally sold yesterday to a very lucky buyer in Mississauga, Ontario. This walrus has been in the gallery for maybe 2 years and was priced quite well too so I was a bit surprised on how long it took for somebody to finally realize that this was a steal for the price that we were offering.

Now if anyone else wants a drum dancing walrus, it would be extremely difficult to find another one, including our own gallery! This is the only second time we've ever had such a soapstone carving. Yes we see quite a few walruses and even some dancing walruses but hardly ever any drum dancing walruses. This one that was just sold is a larger version of the one pictured in our Inuit Art Styles article.

This is yet another example of why if you have your eye on a certain piece here at Free Spirit Gallery, you should go ahead and order it before it's gone. Each Inuit soapstone carving is unique and one of a kind. There are no duplicates. Once a piece is sold, it is gone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Northwest Native American Indian Group Upset About Meteorite Sale

The Williamette Meteorite is sacred to the Northwest Native Indian tribe Clackamas. The tribe holds an annual religious ceremony with the meteorite, named Tomanowas, in its home at the American Museum of Natural History. This meteorite which is the largest ever discovered in America, was given in ancient times to the Clackamas people by the Sky People. Now a 30 pound piece of the 10,000 year old meteorite is up for auction and the Northwest Native American Indian tribe is denouncing its sale.

"We are deeply saddened that any individual or organization would be so insensitive to Native American spirituality and culture as to traffic in the sale of a sacred and historic artifact," said Siobahn Taylor of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Darryl Pitt, who is selling the piece, recognizes the Grand Ronde's concerns. "While I regret the Grand Ronde has taken offense, the bottom line is that a portion of the meteorite is simply changing hands," he said.

Tomanowas was discovered in 1902 in the Willamette Valley by an Oregon miner who removed it from the land. Today, the small chunk of the meteor will be auctioned at Bonhams Auction House in New York City on October 28. Its pre-sale estimate is between $1,100,000 to $1,300,000.

See Free Spirit Gallery for more culture and Northwest Native American Indian art.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Rare White Stone Inuit Inukshuk Sculpture

I managed to get a rare white stone Inuit inukshuk sculpture as part of the new stock of Inuit artwork at the gallery. This beautiful piece is a 7 inch high and 3.5 inch wide inukshuk which will certainly stand out either on a table or on the shelf. For more details on this interesting work of art from Cape Dorset, see white Inuit inukshuk sculpture.


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Other pieces can be seen at Inuit Inukshuks

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bizzare Dream Involving Polar Bears

Most of the time, we usually don't remember our dreams at night but I experienced one last night that I actually still vividly remember, at least long enough to make it to this blog. I was up in the Arctic north and rented a personal hovercraft. Of course there's no such thing but then again, this was just a dream. It was much like one of those sea doos but was a hovercraft since it rode on air.

I was buzzing around the Arctic tundra and then noticed some polar bears sleeping around some stone formations. I woke them up with the noise of my craft and they started to give chase. They couldn't keep up with me but were still quite persistent as they didn't give up. I drove right into a multifloor building where other people were. The polar bears continued to come and somehow entered the building.

The people in the building all ran upstairs to the higher floors. Somehow the polar bears were prevented from going up the stairs for the time being because of some steel fence that came down to block the entrance of the stairway to the second floor - again, this was just a dream.

For some reason I don't remember, I came down and was able to communicate with one of the polar bears, a young male that was equivalent to a human teen. I was the only person who was able to talk to this one polar bear for some reason.

We started talking about all sorts of things and then the subject came to music. He had a hairstyle that was a bit different from the other polar bears and I commented that he looked a bit like the rock star Eddie Van Halen. I showed him an album with Van Halen's photo and he was quite pleased. I happened to have a music player there and played part of a Van Halen song for this polar bear. He was really getting into it.

I knew that the safety of all the people in the building now rested on how successful I got through to this teen polar bear The other polar bears, both older adults and younger cubs were all watching as were the rest of the people still trapped upstairs. Somehow I knew that depending on the friendship I created with this teen polar bear, he was in a position to influence the other polar bears to make peace with the humans.

Unfortunately, this was the moment when I woke up from my dream. So I wasn't able to experience any type of ending to my bizzare dream involving polar bears.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Spiritual Writings About Native Indian Art

Author Donna Lynn recently launched her new book entitled "Dial Love" which is described as God's planetary guide for attaining happiness through spiritual fulfillment. In it, she includes some of her spiritual writings about Native Indian art. Here is an example;

"How about showcasing their gifts and talents closer to home? Their sacred values and uniqueness make all their treasures invaluable. We have to travel far and wide to appreciate their offerings. Look at the love, creativity and time spent on these beautiful tokens they create. All hand-crafted, beautiful wares made from the Earth. I like the fact that they do not harm my planet in the process of their talents. This is them giving from the hearts, my love, my gifts to you. Cherish these artifacts and creations of love, as I made them myself. Display these in your home and feel the loving powers of the Earth. These energies balance yours. The magic is truly alive in their hearts and their traditions I admire."

For more information on this Donna's book, see www.diallove.ca

Also see Free Spirit Gallery for Native Indian art.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Kachina Dolls Online Katsina Gallery Recommendation

Sometimes Free Spirit Gallery develops partnerships with other galleries that have complimentary Native artwork that we don't carry ourselves. One example is the Katsina doll made by the Southwest Indians. They are also known as Kachina dolls and we recommend two reputable sources of quality collectors pieces. See who we recommend at Kachina Dolls Online.


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Comments About Our Eskimo Art and Native American Art Gallery

Here's what Helen Kastner of San Jose, California is saying about our Eskimo art and Native American art gallery;

"I've been buying from the Free Spirit Gallery for several years. The service has always been excellent, as have been the variety and high quality of all the art work. I've always been so very pleased with your items, fast service, and careful packing. It's always a pleasure doing business with you!"

We realize that many people will be hesitant to shop for artwork online so we try to make things as risk free as possible by offering different ordering options, secure packing and return guarantees. Many collectors from all over North America, Europe and Australia have become customers of Free Spirit Gallery and their comments are similar to what Helen Kastner wrote. See some of these comments at Art Gallery Testimonials.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Walrus Inuit Soapstone Carving To Be Showcased

I gave a large walrus Inuit soapstone carving to my brother and his wife for their wedding some time ago. He just finished renovating his downtown Toronto condominium and is currently in the market for a brand new wall unit. He wants to showcase this walrus Inuit soapstone carving and I assume other new carvings he may be acquiring in this wall unit. I suggested to him that he should buy a unit that has glass doors so that any pieces such as soapstone carvings can be kep behind closed doors.

That will protect his valuable pieces from the cat as well as significantly reduce the need to dust them all the time. He will probably also go for a wall unit that has lighting fixtures to highlight his Inuit soapstone carvings during the evenings. This will be a great showcase for social events at his condo.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cape Dorset Inuit Art

What you will notice more about our newer Inuit art arrivals is that most of them are from carvers located in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. This is where we source most of our latest Inuit art carvings from now. We can still source from Nunavik or Northern Quebec region where many of the human subject carvings are more detailed but overall, it is the opinion of this gallery that the Nunavut carvers make better animals. Of course there are always exceptions.

To see some a listing of the new pieces including Inuit art from Cape Dorset that came into the gallery recently, see New Arrivals.

Monday, October 08, 2007

September Native Art Gallery Newsletter

Here was the Native art gallery newsletter issue that came out last month in September. To ensure that you receive all future new issues of our free monthly newsletter which alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork, just sign up at the box at the top right of this blog page. You will get access to two Native art ebooks for free as well.

September 2007

This is going to be a great month for new videos! During my visit to the Museum of Civilization, I took a lot of photos but unfortunately many did not come out very clear so they were not useable.

However, the video footage I took turned out pretty good so starting this month, I will be releasing several new clips featuring both Northwest Native art and Inuit art.

As a complement to last month's article on Bill Reid's Spirit of Haida Gwaii, you can now see this masterpiece on video as I walked around the entire sculpture with my camcorder.

There's also a clip showing a few large masks from the museum that must have been a real chore to move around in. For Inuit art, I captured some wonderful vintage sculptures from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s with both family and hunting themes.

Spirit of Haida Gwaii Sculpture

Northwest Native Indian Masks at Museum of Civilization

Vintage Inuit Art - Family Themes

Vintage Inuit Art - Hunting Themes

For website articles with still images, there's one on masks and one showing artwork on Haida canoes.

Northwest Native Tribal Masks at Museum of Civilization

Art on Native Indian Canoes

Although Free Spirit Gallery doesn't deal with Southwest Indian art, we have identified two good sources of Kachina dolls online. If you happen to be a fan of high end Navajo and Hopi Kachina dolls, see more details at Kachina Dolls page.

Finally, just a shopping suggestion. Many visitors tend to browse at our Northwest Native Indian prints/paintings and masks, our most heavily visited webpages. We don't have a lot of pieces in these categories but one original painting of a grizzly bear was suddenly snapped up by a customer in Germany.

If you ever have your eye on a certain piece, it's highly recommended to order it before someone else does. These are one of a kind pieces with NO other duplicates. Once a piece is sold, it is GONE. If you no longer see a piece at the gallery that was there during your previous visit, it means that it was sold. Avoid disappointment and secure your treasure if you really like a certain piece of artwork here.

Don't forget that I do have a blog that I post to several times per week. Feel free to post your own comments to my posts. Until next month when I release the second batch of videos.

Clint Leung

Free Spirit Gallery
Exquisite Inuit Eskimo & Northwest Native Art

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Mississauga Toastmasters Heard My Salmon Speech

I performed my Northwest Indian Salmon People speech at a local Mississauga Toastmasters club this past week. It was about one of the Northwest Native Indian legends about the salmon, which has a very important place in the culture of Canada's Native aboriginal people.

The speech generally went over quite well and I will plan to perform this one at other Mississauga Toastmasters clubs as well over the next several weeks. Toastmasters is a great way to learn public speaking skills in Mississauga and surrounding areas.

You can see examples of Northwest Indian Salmon Carvings at the Free Spirit Gallery site.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Inuit Soapstone Sculptures Used As Awards

I was attending a Toastmasters meeting last night and one of the speakers did a fabulous speech that emulated an awards acceptance speech. One of the interesting aspects about this speech was that she used an Inuit soapstone sculpture as the physical award she received. In her case, it was an award for the Grandmother of the Year from a grandmothers association.

This is another example of how many organizations are starting to use Inuit soapstone sculptures as high quality awards. If you are ever involved in events where there are awards, you might want to also consider giving a one of a kind Inuit soapstone sculpture as they will always be treasured awards.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Will Add Past Issues Of Native Art Gallery Newsletters To Website

Although the Free Spirit Gallery monthly newsletter has been going out since 2005, we switched over to a new e-mail distribution system this summer. We have decided to add past issues of our Native art gallery newsletter online but only from the September 2007 issue and on since we don't have the previous ones anymore.

So in a few days, we will have the September newsletter both at the Free Spirit Gallery website in a special archives section as well as a post on this blog. The October issue already went out but we will send it out again about mid month to new subscribers who just signed on. Then we will add the October issue to our archives when we get the November issue out.

So if you still haven't signed on yet for our free monthly newsletter, do so at the sign up box at the top right of this blog page. This newsletter alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork in both Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Very Rare Inuit Inukshuk With Seal Sculpture

Here is a very rare Inuit inukshuk with a seal carving. Another thing that really impressed me about this particular carving was that its carver is a lady. She really showed up the boys this time with this wonderful piece. For more details and images of this piece as well as others at the gallery, see Inuit Inukshuk Sculptures.


inuit inukshuk sculptures seal

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

October Native Art Newsletter Coming Out Today

For those of you who have subscribed to our free monthly native art newsletter, the October issue is coming out today in your e-mail. If you sign up after it comes out, I will plan to send it out again to new subscribers later on in the month.

To subscribe to our gallery newsletter which alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork as well as to get two free informative ebooks, just enter your first name and e-mail address at the right side of this blog. There are also boxes for sign up at our Native Art Gallery website.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Prices At Native American Art Gallery Set At Par

Today October 1, all the prices for artwork and international shipping at Native Americn art gallery Free Spirit will be set with the US and Canadian figures at par with each other to reflect the current exchange rates. This will certainly take the guesswork out of the actual prices that customers will see on their credit card statements.

By the afternoon, all the modifications to the website will have been completed. So check out Free Spirit Gallery as new Inuit art sculptures have been added over the weekend for polar bears, walruses and inukshuk carvings.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Rare White Dancing Polar Bear At Gallery

One of the new polar bears I was able to secure for the gallery was a rare white dancing bear. Normally, Inuit art carvings are made from darker color stones but this is a rare case where the carver found a white stone and did a dancing bear. See more details at White Dancing Polar Bear.


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Saturday, September 29, 2007

New Polar Bear Inuit Art Sculptures Are In

Several new polar bear Inuit art sculptures are in at the Free Spirit Gallery website. There is quite a variety from walking bears, dancing bears and even a handstanding bear.

I will showcase some of these new Inuit art pieces in the next couple of days but to get a look at them now, go to Polar Bear Inuit Art Sculptures.


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Inuit Carving of Walrus

We've added a new Inuit carving of a walrus at our gallery. This walrus carving is 5 inches long and the detail of the folds of skin are really nice. For more photos of this new piece, click on the photo below.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Inuit Activist Wins United Nations Award

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit activist, recently won the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Excellence in Human Development from the United Nations. Fifty-three year old Cloutier has been a tireless advocate in warning others about the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

“Our elders having been experiencing disturbing changes to our environment,” said Watt-Cloutier. “Permafrost is shrinking, increasing erosion and forcing people to move homes ... glaciers are melting creating torrents in place of streams ... wildlife is dying. The world must pay attention to what's happening to Arctic communities because we are the early warning system for the rest of the planet,” she said.

Bravo to Sheila Watt-Cloutier!

To see some of the Inuit culture, see Arctic art.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Another Observation at Hudson Bay Resulting in Less Sea Ice For Polar Bears

According to a CBC program I saw last night, Canada's fresh water from inland rivers drain into Hudson's Bay. One observation that scientists made was that there is less fresh water draining into the bay over the years. Less fresh water will make Hudson Bay slightly more salinated which in turn results in less sea ice being formed. This of course will impact the polar bears and other wildlife in the Arctic.

See Free Spirit Gallery Inuit art for some beautiful polar bear sculptures.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Exchange Rates Will Affect Native American Art Gallery Prices

As you may already know, this is the first time in 30 years that the US and Canadian dollars are near par value. This will definitely impact the pricing of artwork at Free Spirit Gallery. All US prices will have to be adjusted slightly higher towards the Canadian price equivalents.

However, I will offer a 'grace' period as pricing changes will NOT take place until OCTOBER 1, 2007.

For US and internationally based customers, ordering artwork between NOW and until SEPTEMBER 30 will result in attractive savings. To see how much savings you could lock in, just check out any individual art piece at the gallery and see the difference between the US and Canadian prices.

Since the US prices will be adjusted upwards towards the Canadian prices, the difference currently between them will be the possible savings you could lock in if you order an item by SEPTEMBER 30.

For Canadian customers, we will offer the SAME type of possible savings. All you have to do is order with the US price (or add a note to indicate that you are taking advantage of this exchange rate offer) and we will manually adjust to convert to Canadian funds at par value. Applicable taxes will be added of course.

So to recap, the grace period before prices become adjusted to reflect current exchange rates is now until SEPTEMBER 30, 2007. We will change the prices for all artwork at the gallery website on OCTOBER 1, 2007.

So you may very well want to take advantage of these exchange rate savings, particularly for the higher end pieces. Go to our Inuit art gallery and Native American art gallery to start browsing now.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Develop Public Speaking and Communications Skills at Mississauga Toastmasters Club Toronto

Free Spirit Gallery owner Clint Leung is a member of Toastmasters, the international non-profit organization for public speaking skills. He was able to do his Inuit art and Native art video because of the skills he learned at Toastmasters.

Now that the gallery is located in Mississauga, Clint continues to be involved with local Toastmasters clubs. One of the clubs that he recommends is Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters which meets twice per month on Saturday mornings. Clint claims that this is the idea club to learn public speaking and communications skills in Mississauga if people are too busy during the work week.

There are many clubs in the area but Comfortably Speaking is the only Saturday Mississauga Toastmasters club (not including another club for advanced level members only). The club is close to Toronto as there are members coming from the Toronto area since Saturday morning is an easy drive.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Northwest Native First Nations Artifacts Controversy

The Canadian Museum of Civilization near Ottawa, Canada is preparing a $6,000,000 exhibit called 'Treasures of the Tsimshian'. The Tsimshian are one of the major Northwest Native tribes. The Northwest Native First Nations artifacts include ceremonial masks, hats, bowls, and baskets purchased at an auction from the heirs of Scottish missionary, Robert J. Dundas.

However, many Tsimshian consider these artifacts that Dundas collected in 1863 as stolen goods. Tsimshian First Nations art weaver William White argues that the artifacts should be returned to their original communities instead of being displayed in museums. White says his ancestors were treated "unjustly" and were pressured to give away items without payment. He claims that his ancestors were told that they must give them up to become 'proper' Christians.

Perhaps the Museum of Civilization will be willing to negotiate with the Tsimshian First Nation on this matter.

For contemporary Northwest Native First Nations art, see the Free Spirit Gallery website.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Northwest Indian Art Carvers Having Trouble Getting Wood?

Looks like Northwest Indian art carver Cody Mathias is having some trouble getting a large enough piece of wood to do the custom piece he is planning on doing. He needs to do a piece that is 18 inches across. He told me last night that one option was to laminate a few smaller pieces together but there is always a chance of breakage that way. So we both decided it was better to wait for a solid large piece of wood suitable for his custom project.

I already have another customer waiting for Cody to complete this project as there's another possibility of yet another interesting custom piece of Northwest Indian art to be commissioned.

Once he gets the right piece of wood, Cody says that it should take him only three days to finish the custom piece.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Northwest Native Art Prop At Mississauga Toastmasters Speech?

I have yet performed my Salmon People speech at Toastmasters clubs in my new home of Mississauga. But it will likely be my next one and may use one of my Northwest Native art pieces as a prop. For those of you who are not aware of Toastmasters, it is the world's leading non-profit organization for communications and leadership skills building. For anyone wanting to improve public speaking skills, Toastmasters clubs are a great non-threatening way to develop them.

For those in the Mississauga and Toronto areas looking for Toastmasters clubs, there is a new club in Mississauga called Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters club. It meets on two Saturday mornings per month so if anybody claims that there is no time during the work week to come out to Toastmasters, there is no more excuse. This Mississauga Toronto public speaking club is a weekend morning club that was formed to meet this very need.

Images For Native Canoes and Tribal Masks Now Up

There were two new articles at Free Spirit Gallery's website this month. One features Northwest Native art on canoes and the other shows some of the Tribal Masks at the Museum of Civilization. I forgot to upload the images for these articles. They are now up and on the site. Sorry about being forgetful. Here are the links to the completed articles;

Northwest Native Tribal Masks at Museum of Civilization
Art on Native Indian Canoes

Enjoy the photos!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Links Moved To Easier Access Points on Native American Art Gallery Website

Most of the articles and video webpages at the Native American art gallery website Free Spirit Gallery have just undergone an overhaul where links to the free eBooks and artwork categories have been moved to easier access points. They also make the webpages more visually appealing now since they break up the text paragraphs.

Some of you may have noticed a hover box where visitors can also sign up for the free monthly newsletter. This hover box is programmed to appear only once per day for each visitor. So if you visit Free Spirit Gallery multiple times on a single day, the hover box will not appear after the first visit.

So if you haven't checked out our numerous articles and videos lately, come visit the website.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Toll Free Number For Eskimo Art and Native Indian Art Gallery Being Repaired

Some of you may have been trying to get through to our Eskimo art and Native Indian art gallery office via our toll free number. It is currently being repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience but the number should be functional within 48 hours. We are still available on e-mail.

Thanks

Clint

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

2008 Calendars with Arctic and Polar Bears

There are new 2008 calendars with Arctic and Polar Bears now at calendars.com which is our suggested source for calendars. See Inuit Art Calendars as we have included Arctic and Polar Bears in the same section as Inuit Art calendars.

Of course, we have a nice selection of Inuit Art Carvings at our online gallery.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Inuit Art Sculptures of Owls

One of our customers wanted us to locate an Inuit art sculpture of an owl which is not one of the more common subjects especially when compared to animals like polar bears. We managed to track down a suitable piece which our customer quickly snapped up as an upcoming Christmas present for his wife. This piece below was carved by Sangani Oshuituk of Cape Dorset.



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So if you want to give a special gift for someone this holiday season, it's not too early to start shopping. Visit Free Spirit Gallery to find that special piece.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tribe Didn't Want Details Of Hopi Katsinas Known

There was some issues about an article featuring Native American masks in the July/August issue of Native Peoples magazine. It seems that the Hopi people didn't want details about their Katsinas publicly known, especially to their own Hopi children.

Stephen Phillips, publisher of Native Peoples, printed a public apology to the Hopi people in the latest issue of Native Peoples.

I looked at the paragraph in this mask article about the Hopi katsinas and Hopi katsina masks. In my eyes, the information looked very similar to what is publicly documented about Navajo and Zuni katsinas and katsina masks but then again, the Hopi has a right to voice their opinions on how details of their culture are known.

Free Spirit Gallery does not deal with katsina masks but we do carry Northwest Indian masks.

For our suggested sources of dolls from the southwest region, see Katsina Dolls.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Kachina Dolls Also Known As Katsina Dolls

Kachina dolls made by Navajo, Zuni and Hopi Southwest Native artisans are also known as Katsina dolls. So our information article on this Southwest Native Indian art has been modified to reflect both terms - see Kachina Dolls (Katsina dolls) facts.

Free Spirit Gallery does not sell Kachina or Katsina dolls but we suggest certain online sources of them. Our gallery focuses on Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Another Source Added For Southwest Navajo Indian Jewelry

We have added another recommended source of Southwest Indian jewelry to make it three possible sources. It turns out that our recommended source for Kachina dolls, Arizona Kachinas, also has a nice selection of Southwest Indian jewelry, specifically Navajo Indian jewelry. So if you are into Southwest Indian jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, pendants, rings and earrings, do check out our webpage on our recommended sources via the links in this post.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Kachina Doll Meanings

We've added a link to a handy Kachina doll dictionary supplied by one of our recommended sources of Kachina dolls. It has many of the more common Kachina doll terms and their meanings. It is at our Kachina Doll History page but can also be accessed by the first link in this blog post.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

National Geographic TV Special On Inuit Hunters

I saw an absolutely wonderful National Geographic TV special last night on Inuit hunters. It featured an anthropologist who went up north to Nunavut to go on some hunting trips with some Inuit hunters. These hunters, who used snowmobiles as part of their equipment, explained the changes they observe with the climate over recent years and how it affects them. They also talked about how settling into communities also affected their people who used to be nomadic.

One of these hunters then went up with the anthropologist to a town in Greenland to go on their hunts. It was interesting to see that the hunters from this town in Greenland refuse to use snowmobiles and continued to use dog sled teams reducing the need for gasoline (and money required to buy gas).

I think the title of this one hour special is something like 'Hunters of the Ice' but if you ever see it on your TV listings, definitely check it out as it is very worthwhile and educational.

See Inuit Sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery as well as the many information articles on Inuit Art. Don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletters and one of the free ebooks you receive is an overview on Inuit art. See the box at the top right of this blog page.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Information on Kachina Dolls Links Work

There was a broken link on our new information on kachina dolls page but it has now been fixed. So all links including those to our suggested sources of kachina dolls are now working. Check out the kachina dolls page at Free Spirit Gallery in case you haven't yet or if the links didn't work before.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Personal Service For Inuit Art Customers In Expanded Greater Toronto Area

The personal service including deliveries and on site shopping for Inuit art customers in the GTA or greater Toronto area provided by Free Spirit Gallery is actually quite a wide area. We are willing to go out as far west as Hamilton, Ontario. Newmarket would represent our approximate northern boundaries with Oshawa out in the east of the GTA. That is a lot of geography. So Inuit art collectors and companies who purchase Inuit sculptures as corporate gifts can take advantage of our personal service. See our Toronto Inuit art page for more details.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Personal Service For Inuit Art and Eskimo Art in Greater Toronto Area

For both individual and corporate customers located within the greater Toronto area (GTA), Free Spirit Gallery is able to offer personal service for Inuit art and Eskimo art as well as Northwest Indian art.

Orders from within the greater Toronto area will have their artwork delivered in person usually within 48 hours. Customers can also set up appointments so that we can come on site to show pieces of Inuit art, Eskimo art and Northwest Indian art. This way, customers can inspect artwork in person before making final purchase selections.

Visit our webpage on service for Inuit art in the greater Toronto area.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Native Tribal Masks

Another new article at the Free Spirit Gallery website is one that shows some interesting Northwest Native Tribal masks that were part of the collection at the Museum of Civilization near Ottawa in Canada. These particular tribal masks look more simple but bulkier than the usual masks we see produced from the Northwest. These masks must have been pretty hard to work with for Native Tribal performers. Check them out at this Northwest Native Tribal Masks article.

Free Spirit Gallery currently has some awesome masks carved by Cody Mathias.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Native Indian Canoes With Art

When I was at the Museum of Civilization up near Ottawa, Canada, they had two huge Haida canoes that were decorated with very impressive and detailed Northwest Native Indian artwork. I took both still photos and video footage of these canoes. So far, I have the photos in the new Art in Native Canoes article at the Free Spirit Gallery website. Take a look. I'll have the video ready in a few weeks.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

History Kachina Doll

A additional webpage on the history of the Kachina doll has been added to the Free Spirit Gallery website. It describes how the Kachina dolls originated and what they represent for the Southwest Native Indian tribes including Navajo, Hopi and Zuni.

This page is to supplement the webpage we already have which identifies good sources of Kachina dolls online.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Free Spirit Gallery Now Recommends Sources For Kachina Dolls

Although Free Spirit Gallery doesn't carry Indian kachina dolls, we have identified two good sources online for them. Both deal with high quality kachina dolls normally found at high end native art galleries.

One source has both Navajo and Hopi kachinas while the other has Navajo. For more details, see our webpage on Indian Kachina Dolls. We will put up a background information page on Indian kachina dolls soon.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Northwest Coast Native Art Carver Cody Mathias and Custom Work

We are currently negotiating with Northwest Coast Native art carver Cody Mathias for another custom piece on behalf of a customer. Although Cody generally carves the traditional way leaving in the carves on the surface of his pieces, he is able to do carvings with a sanded smooth finish as well which is what he will be doing with this custom piece if the project goes through.

Cody is probaby our most accessible carver for custom artwork at the moment. We have used other master carvers in the past such as Peter Charlie and Gary Baker. However, Peter is extremely difficult to get in touch with as he doesn't own a telephone and Gary seems to be busy with other projects.

Another master carver who has done beautiful artwork for us is Paul Joseph but unfortunately, he seems to have left the world of art for another career.

Therefore, for any custom Northwest Coast Native art, Free Spirit Gallery highly recommends Cody Mathias as the first choice carver for both his master work as well as his accessibility.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Only One Inuit Inukshuk Left In Gallery

There's only one Inuit inukshuk sculpture left in the gallery and it's a beauty. This last inukshuk is of a classic design with a nice green stone. So if you had your eye on our inukshuks, get to our gallery page now to see this last piece. Remember, there is only one of a kind for this piece and once it's sold, it's gone.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Northwest Coast Native American Art Videos Coming

I'm working on editing the video footage I took during my trip to the Museum of Civilization and looks like September will be a really good month for both video clips of vintage Northwest Coast Native American art and Inuit art from the museum's collections. I will create special webpages for each video much like I did for existing ones already on the Free Spirit Gallery website.

In order to get alerts for the first announcements of these videos, make sure that you are on the monthly newsletter list by filling up the box at the top right of this blog. September's newsletter should be coming out early in the month.

Of course, more recent contemporary Northwest Coast Native American art and Inuit art are available at Free Spirit Gallery.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sold Out Of Northwest Native American Art Carvings Of Bears

We are currently sold out of Northwest Native American art carvings of bears. We still have nice Northwest Native American art carvings of birds, salmon fish and killer whales.

Of course, we also have Inuit polar bears.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Northwest American Indian Art Painting Shipped To Germany

The grizzly bear Northwest American Indian art painting that we had for so long at our Free Spirit Gallery website was successfully shipped and delivered to our happy customer in Germany. Although our overseas customers do have to pay for shipping, it is a lower rate than usual since we subsidize some of the costs.

They also get two choices for overseas international shipping, usually one that takes 4 to 8 weeks and a higher cost option that takes 4 to 8 business days. This particular customer was willing to pay for the 4 to 8 business day option and it still saved him money compared to if he bought an original painting like this at a street retail gallery in Vancouver.

At present, there is only one Northwest American Indian art painting left and it is also of a bear. It is a beauty too so check it out.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Eskimo Art Newsletter To Be Sent Out Sunday Night

For those who confirmed their agreement to be switched over from our old system to our new delivery system for our monthy Eskimo art newsletter, the August newsletter will be sent out again sometime on Sunday night. People who confirmed before last week already received their copies.

If you haven't confirmed yet, you will have to do so in order to keep receiving our free newsletters which alert you to new information articles, videos and artwork in both Eskimo art and Northwest Indian art.

If you haven't signed up yet, you can simply do so through the sign up box at the top right of this blog.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Native American Indian Art Newsletter

We have added a link to our Privacy Policy at the sign up box for our free Native American Indian art newsletter which comes out once per month. This newsletter alerts you to new info articles, videos and Native American Indian artwork.

Subscribers get access to two free ebooks on Native American Indian art and Eskimo art. You can view our Privacy Policy statement and sign up at the box located on the top left of this blog. We believe that it is important for us to be upfront with our Privacy Policy to assure everyone that their e-mail addresses will not be shared or sold to any third parties.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Polar Bear Facts

One of the Hyatt Regency hotels up here in Canada needed a special gift for a departing executive who was returning to the United States, his home country. They called me for a suitable corporate gift that is uniquely Canadian. I suggested that the best ambassador of Canada is on the webpage they were already looking at which was the polar bear Inuit sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery. The polar bear is strong, brave and majestic. We also have a special webpage dedicated on polar bear facts for those of you who want to know more about this ruler of the north.

Hyatt did order one of our polar bears and I'm pretty sure that the lucky recipient of it will be extremely delighted.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Northwest Native American Art Prints Can Go Anytime

One of the most popular webpages visited at the Free Spirit Gallery site is the one with our Northwest Native American art prints and paintings. This would suggest that a lot of people out there like to browse at our Northwest prints.

One thing I must emphasize here is that if you like a particular art print, you should definitely not hesitate to order it. Don't adopt the attitude that by the time you are ready to buy, it will still be there.

In the case of the Grizzly Bear original painting by Aaron Joseph that has been sitting patiently there at our gallery for a buyer, it was suddenly snapped up over the weekend by a lucky individual in Germany. So if you had your eye on that piece of artwork for some time, it's gone. You can still see it at our Northwest Native American Art Prints video but the chances of ever having that piece hanging on your wall is forever lost.

This is the same with any other of our one of a kind artwork. There are no duplicates in the world of original unique artwork. Once they are sold, they are gone. So please avoid disappointment. If you have your eye on a certain piece, whether an Inuit sculpture, an Northwest Native American art carving, an Inuit art print or a Northwest Native American art print, go ahead and order it without delay in order to secure it. Don't gamble with your time when buying original artwork.

Online Native American Art Gallery Also Takes PayPal

Online Native American art gallery Free Spirit, also accepts PayPal in addition to credit cards. Previous customers have paid using PayPal. Due to our recent relocation, we are just confirming with our shopping cart vendor that changes to our PayPal account have been made.