Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Orders In Place For Inuit Art American Indian Art Gallery

Orders placed for Inuit art and American Indian art at Free Spirit Gallery are date/time stamped by our secure shopping cart system. This is important since all artwork at the gallery are one of a kind pieces. There is only one of each item. Therefore, the first who orders a particular piece will be the lucky new owner of that artwork.

This feature will be important especially in the next several days starting today because of overseas travel as we will be away from our offices at Free Spirit Gallery. Our website will continue to run and our secure ordering system will continue to take orders, with the time/date stamp feature. We will try to check our e-mail a few times during our week away. Orders will be processed in the order they were received as soon as we return back to our offices at Free Spirit Gallery on May 3.

So if you see a particular piece of Inuit art or American Indian art that you really like at our gallery, don't hesitate to order it right away to secure it. We will process and ship your order as soon as we can upon our return on May 3.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Links To African Art Websites More Direct To Category Pages Now

Since we identified two good sources for African art, we modified the links so that they take you to specific product category pages now rather than just to each source's homepage. This will facilitate navigation for our visitors. Of course, once on the African art source's website, one can freely navigate within that site too.

Try these new links out if you are a fan artwork from the dark continent. Go to our main webpage for this type of tribal art at African Art Gallery page.

Of course, Free Spirit Gallery is still your number one source online for Eskimo art and American Indian art.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mohawk Native Indian Group Blocks Railway

A group from the Mohawk Native Indian group in Ontario, Canada blocked part of a major railway route near Kingston this week. This is a major railway route between the cities of Toronto and Montreal. They are protesting against developers planning to build on their land claims. The planned blockade disrupted freight rail and also the busy passenger rail systems. Passengers had to be bused between Toronto and Montreal.

One observer of the protest argued that instead of disrupting a major railway system, the Mohawk group should have taken their issues directly to Ottawa with the federal government. The Mohawks say that their next target for protest is already chosen and it will most likely be another public disruption of some type.

It is really too bad that we see such events happening. Canadian Native Indian culture is so rich and has so much to offer for the rest of the world. Such protests of this nature do not help promote Canadian Native Indian culture and art to the rest of us in a positive way. I wish that there could be established venues for negotiating such issues.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Getting Sources For Southwest Indian Kachina Dolls

We are working on identifying good sources of Southwest Indian Kachina dolls and will put our findings on the Free Spirit Gallery website within two weeks. Kachina dolls are one of the most popular forms of Southwest Indian art.

Free Spirit Gallery doesn't deal with Southwest Indian art but since we recognize that many native art lovers do, we will do our part in identifying good sources. Free Spirit Gallery focuses on Northwest Indian art from the Pacific coast as well as Inuit art from the Arctic north.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Life For Northwest American Indian Artists Not Always Easy

I spoke to Paul Joseph, one of my favorite Northwest American Indian artists the other night over the phone to see how he was coming along with some artwork that he was working on for Free Spirit Gallery. It looks like the native carvings that he's making will not be ready until May. Paul is only able to work on his artwork for a bit at a time during the week and on weekends now that he's taken on an overnight shift as a security person.

This is an example of just how difficult things can get for Northwest American Indian artists as it's very hard to live off art fulltime, especially when families need to be supported. It's not unusual that artists have to take on other jobs in order to pay the bills. Unfortunately, sometimes this can result in very talented artists not doing their art anymore which is a loss for all of us.

Let's just hope that Paul will be able to sell more of his wonderful art so he can scale down his full time job to part time in order to spend more days doing what he loves to so which is to produce awesome American Indian carvings. We are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the Northwest American Indian art that he is producing for us sometime in May.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

African Face Masks At Free Spirit Gallery

A few days after we put up a new webpage on African Face Masks, we put up a new page on African Art Posters where we display a selection of items available through the source we recommend (since Free Spirit Gallery doesn't carry African art ourselves). It was interesting to see that there are quite a few of these African art posters featuring different African face masks as their main images.

So if one can't afford the real thing by buying an actual African face mask, there's always the option of getting a nice poster of one. Both of these options are available via the links in this post for our readers.

Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Inuit art and Northwest Indian art including native masks.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Artifact from School for Canadian Aboriginal First Nations Student Found

Choutla Residential School was a school for Canadian Aboriginal First Nations students from across the Yukon. Established near the capital city of Whitehorse by the Anglican Church, it opened in 1911 and closed in the 1970s. Recently, Geraldine Greyeyes of Saskatchewan found a wooden box at a garage sale that bears the inscription "Choutla Residential School." She wants to give it back to its owner.

"I saw the little box sitting there, and it was by itself, and I know that I could feel that the little box wanted to be taken out of there," she said. "Somehow or another, there was a communication between my heart and that little box."

The box also has a large emblem, a Latin inscription and the date 1952 on the top. Phil Gatnesby, former Choutla school Canadian Aboriginal First Nations student, believes if the box belongs to a former student, it could bring back painful memories. "I think we have a tendency to sort of romanticize. I do," he said. "I'm not really sure it would be so wonderful for the person, but maybe it would be. I hope it would be."

Greyeyes is aware of the memories that the box might bring to Canadian Aboriginal First Nations students. "Maybe they'll just put it away for a while, and once they work through their own history, it may be very valuable and positive," she said. She said the box could fill in a missing part of a person's history.

For wonderful native artwork, see Canadian Aboriginal First Nations Art.

Monday, April 16, 2007

African Art from the Dark Continent of Africa

One of the biggest contradictions in the art world is with African art. This is because African art is among the most colorful of all native artwork in the world and yet this style of art comes from the 'dark continent' of Africa.

African paintings can depict life in Africa with village scenes involving people doing everyday activities such as cooking, caring for their children and playing. Of course, there are paintings of the majestic wildlife found in Africa including lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos. Some African art are quite realistic while some are very abstract. However, both are very inspiring showing just how proud African artists are of their homeland.

There is now an article which gives an overview of African art including not only paintings but tribal masks, carvings, sculptures and even textiles. Read this new article at Colorful African Art from the Dark Continent of Africa.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Kunst der Nordwestlichen Amerikanischen Ureinwohner Masken

Neu! Kunst der Nordwestlichen Amerikanischen Ureinwohner masken. 'Wild Man' und Bären. Sehen sie an Free Spirit Gallery Kunst der Amerikanischen Ureinwohner.

Kunst der Amerikanischen Ureinwohner

Saturday, April 14, 2007

African Tribal Masks Information

One of the areas of Native art that Free Spirit Gallery does not deal with is African art. In this area, African tribal masks are among the most sought after pieces from collectors. Although we do not plan to expand carrying stock of African artwork in our gallery, we are now in a position to recommend some good sources of this type of Native art. We have identified two such sources for African tribal masks so if interested, click on any of the links in this post to check out further information. Free Spirit Gallery still deals with wonderful Pacific Northwest Native art masks.

african tribal masks art

Friday, April 13, 2007

Calendars of Eagles

Eagles are highly significant in Native American culture. Even for the average bird lover, eagles are some of the most beloved of all bird species. For the eagle fan, there are some really nice calendars featuring wonderful images of eagles. Free Spirit Gallery found several others and they are displayed at our page of Native American Culture and Wildlife Calendars.

There are also some nice Native American Art Eagle Carvings at our gallery.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Native American Art Calendars

There are nice calendars featuring Native American art. There are more than 20 calendars featured at the new Free Spirit Gallery page on Native calendars including themes on Native American culture and wildlife. See them at Native American Calendars.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Other White Stone Inuit Art Carvings

Other white stone Inuit art carvings not previously mentioned are also available including Inuit hunters, Inuit drum dancers and birds. See current available pieces at White Inuit Art Carvings. Other pieces including Arctic fish, igloos and loons in other stone colors can be viewed at Other Inuit Carvings.

inuit carvings

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Arctic Calendars at Free Spirit Gallery

In addition to Inuit art, there are some really nice calendars on Arctic wildlife and landscapes at the new Arctic Calendars webpage at Free Spirit Gallery. There are over 10 different calendars to browse through in addition to all the great Arctic articles, Arctic videos and of course, Inuit art.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Whale Sculptures Eskimo Carvings in White Stone

Through our partner Gallery Canada, we can now source Eskimo carvings as whale sculptures in white stone. Free Spirit Gallery is current sold out of all whale sculptures in other color stones from the Arctic but we do have access to the white ones at Gallery Canada. Here's an example of a piece below. Free Spirit Gallery has stock in other types of Eskimo carvings such as polar bears and walruses.

eskimo sculptures whale

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Great Selection of Calendars of Polar Bears

Here's an example of a polar bear calendar that we found available online. It's only one of a nice selection of calendars featuring polar bears. There's definitely one that will appeal to any polar bear lover. To see the entire 2007 set, see Polar Bears Calendars at the Free Spirit Gallery site, which also has lots of beautiful Inuit art from the Arctic. For more general information on these magnificent creatures, see Arctic Polar Bears.

Bears, Polar 2008 Wall Calendar
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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Inuit Art Walruses Carved From White Stone

As mentioned in previous posts, Free Spirit Gallery has partnered up with Gallery Canada to source Inuit art pieces carved from white stone that is local to the central Arctic region. One of the categories of such artwork are the white Inuit art walrus carvings. Such a piece is below.

Walrus Inuit art carvings in other colors would be available at Free Spirit Gallery as well.

inuit art walruses carvings

Friday, April 06, 2007

Inuit Art Eskimo Art Calendars

Here's a set of Inuit art and Eskimo art calendars that Free Spirit Gallery found through a new partner, Calendars.com, the biggest calendar store online. More details on each one are available by clicking on each image.

Inuit Art 2008 Wall Calendar
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Inuit Art 2008 Hardcover Engagement Calendar
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Inuit Art 2008 Mini Wall Calendar

Thursday, April 05, 2007

White Stone Inuit Polar Bear Sculptures

As mentioned yesterday, Free Spirit Gallery has found a new partner to supply white stone Inuit sculptures from Central Arctic, a region that we don't source from. Here is an example of a polar bear Inuit sculpture carved from white stone, usually dolomite. Of course, we stock polar bear sculptures in the usual stone colors of greens to grays at our own online Inuit art gallery.

white inuit polar bear sculptures

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

White Stone Inuit Carvings from the Arctic

Free Spirit Gallery gets Inuit carvings from the Arctic regions of Baffin Island (Iqaluit, Cape Dorset) and the Nunavik (northern Quebec Arctic) areas where the stone is usually dark from greens, browns, grays to black. In Central Arctic, the stone could be white and the resulting Inuit carvings from that region are therefore white in color. For more information on stone, see Inuit Art Materials.

Although Free Spirit Gallery doesn't deal with Inuit carvings from Central Arctic, we now have a partner that deals only with artwork from that particular region of the north. Our new partner, Gallery Canada, specializes in white Inuit carvings from Central Arctic. We will be highlighting some example white Inuit carvings in upcoming posts as they are also featured and linked via the Free Spirit Gallery website.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner -- NEU!

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner Bären

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner Weißkopfadler

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner Lachse

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner Orca

Free Spirit Gallery Inuitkunst Eskimokunst Nordwestliche Indianische Kunst der Ureinwohner

Kunstschnitzereien der Nordwestlichen Indianischen Ureinwohner

Canadian Trying To Save Inuit People From Effects Of Global Warming

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Canadian activist living in the Arctic north, is among 181 nominees for this year's Nobel Prize. She has spent the last 12 years fighting to protect Inuit people and the region threatened by global warming and climate change.

"It's been a long haul and a daunting task to get the message out," she said. "When you're 155,000 people at the top of the world, there aren't very many people who even know who you are or what you're facing."

Watt-Cloutier, born in Kuujjuaq up in northern Quebec Arctic, attended schools in Nova Scotia and Manitoba before graduating from McGill University in Montreal. Then she worked in public health and education as well as being an interpreter since she was fluent in English, French and the Inuit language of Inuktitut. She became president of Canada's branch of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 1995. After this post, she started her efforts against global warming.

"The sea-ice season is a lot shorter than it used to be. And as a result we have less time to hunt on the ice ...," she said. "What you see on the surface is no longer what it is underneath. The Arctic sink is warming from under, and the ice is changing from under as well. So the rules have all changed and so has the wisdom we pass on to our young people. Many of our elders are being stumped by it, because it is so unpredictable."

For more articles on the Arctic north, see Inuit Culture. Also see Inuit Art.

Monday, April 02, 2007

New Links To Inuit Art and Native Art Carvings Videos

As some of you might have noticed, the links on the Inuit & Native Art Bulletin blog have changed a bit. New links including images have been added that will take visitors to the webpages where the Inuit art and Native art carvings videos can be viewed. Just click on either link or image located on the right side of this blog to see these wonderful videos featuring examples of beautiful Inuit art carvings and Northwest Native carvings.