Thursday, May 31, 2007

Southwest Indian Art Paintings

Although much of Southwest Indian art is centered around pottery, jewelry and dolls, there are also some nice paintings that Southwest Indian artists do on such varied media as sand, animal skulls and feathers. Free Spirit Gallery does not deal with Southwest Indian art but to help our customers and website visitors out, we have identified some good sources of Southwest Indian art paintings.

Free Spirit Gallery does deal with Northwest Indian art and Inuit art.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

American Indian Jewelry Silver Bracelets

One of the more popular forms of American Indian jewelry are silver bracelets with some type of gemstone. Although Free Spirit Gallery does not carry such items, we have identified two reputable online sources for American Indian jewelry including silver bracelets, rings, pendants and more.

Free Spirit Gallery focuses instead on Northwest American Indian art and Eskimo art but identifying sources of other items such as American Indian jewelry is an added services for our customers.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

History of Dream Catchers Photo

For those of you who like dream catchers, here's the photo from the History of Dream Catchers article which shows the multi level one that's proudly hanging at my house. It's definitely a dream catcher that was made by a Canadian native since the gallery I bought it from was in Banff, Alberta and they specialize in Canadian aboriginal items. Although Free Spirit Gallery doesn't carry, we have identified reputable sources of dream catchers.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Another Tribal Art Blog In Addition To Ours

Our friend William Waites of Florida, who is also a dealer in Native arts, also runs a blog dedicated to tribal art. So now in addition to ours, you have another blog about tribal art to entertain you with. See his blog at Tribal Artery.

I hope to get in touch with one of our master carvers Paul Joseph tonight to see if his new Northwest Coast Native American carvings are ready.

Average Shipping Time for Native Tribal Art

We were asked about average shipping times the other day. For destinations in the east coast, it usually takes about 3-4 business days for our usual carrier, FedEx Ground, to deliver. For destinations on the west coast, it takes an average of 8 business days. Tracking is provided from FedEx and we send this information out for all of our shipments of Native Tribal art.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Only One Northwest Coast Native American Art Bear Carving Left

Northwest Coast Native American art carvings come in many forms including killer whales, salmons, eagles and bears. Master carver Gary Baker makes all of them but tends to produce more salmons and killer whales since these are the more popular animals. We don't get a lot of his bear carvings and we did receive two of them recently. One of his bear carvings has just been sold so there is only one other left at Free Spirit Gallery. So check out this Northwest Coast Native American art bear carving that is left. If you like it, don't hesitate to order it because it is the last one we have.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Canadian First Nation Indians Build Ecotourism Business

The Canadian Indian Hollow Water First Nation in northern Manitoba is building an ecotourism business they call wilderness therapy. The tours they run involve skimming over the beautiful, snow-rimmed areas to lose the winter blues. All a customer has to do is hop on back of a dog sled pulled by 10 energetic dogs at 25 kilometers per hour.

Hollow Water's ecotourism project is part of a Canadian national program which dedicates federal dollars to help those who suffered abuse at residential schools. The dog sledding venture is still in the early stages as they have taken only 75 customers across the snow so far. Currently, Hollow Water is training more young Canadian First Nation Indian people to lead the trips. Local Wanipigow School will also use the program as a credited part of their curriculum next fall.

This is a great idea as it helps build a local economy these people much like Canadian Indian art has for other areas.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Online Inuit Art Gallery To Relocate Base

Online Inuit art gallery Free Spirit Gallery will be relocating from Montreal to Mississauga later in July. Mississauga is just west of Toronto, Ontario. I will work out any plans to announce the logistics of this move and how it affects online operations soon since there could be a period when gallery stock is tied up in storage or in transit to Toronto.

Montreal area customers may want to consider ordering any Inuit art from Free Spirit Gallery before the relocation in order to secure any artwork earlier.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Origin of Native American Dreamcatcher

I wrote a new article for the Free Spirit Gallery website called Original of Native American Dreamcatcher. This article briefly discusses both the origin and history of American Indian dream catchers as sometimes they are called. I also have an image of a large multi level Native American dreamcatcher that just happens to be hanging in my home.

One of the more important points in the article is that if you are shopping online for an Indian dream catcher, make sure that you are dealing with a business that deals only with authentic Native American dreamcatchers since there are many cheaply made mass produced ones from Asia that are obviously not made by Native American artisans.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Native American Totem Pole Given To Russians During Canada Russia Hockey Series

I watched the movie about the historic Canada Russia 1972 hockey series on TV last night and it was interesting to see that the Canadian team had brought over a Northwest Coast Native American totem pole that was about 6 feet tall as a gift to the Russians. I'm assuming that this was an accurate portrayal of what actually happened in 1972. I'm sure the Russians would have been completely baffled by what this totem pole was.

For some interesting facts on totem poles, see Northwest Coast Native American Totem Poles.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Sources for Southwest Indian Art Coming

I am currently reviewing some possible sources for Southwest Indian art for our visitors to the Free Spirit Gallery website. Since Free Spirit Gallery focuses on Inuit art and Northwest Indian art but not Southwest Indian art, as a added service, we plan to have good information to point our visitors to reliable sources. So stay tuned for announcements.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Northwest Coast Native American Stories

One of my favorite Northwest Coast Native American stories is about the Salmon people. This is the legend about the Salmon people who could turn themselves into salmon fish in order to help feed the land based people. It's a Northwest Coast Native American story that teaches that there are huge benefits when people respect each other's different customs and cultures.

I found this story to be so interesting that I developed a speech around it for my Toastmasters speaking club and have already done it a few times. Each time, the audience was very entertained with this legend as the vast majority of people are not familiar with such Northwest Coast Native American stories. But everyone does identify with the moral of this particular legend about the Salmon people.

Read about this interesting legend at the Salmon People article. To see artistic representations of the salmon, see Northwest Coast Native American Salmon Fish Carvings.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Native American Salmon Image With Bald Eagle

One of our customers just got us to commission a special custom piece that will be a Native American salmon image being held by a bald eagle. It will be a special wood carving by master carver Gary Baker of the Squamish Nation in BC Canada. Gary has done custom pieces for us before and the results were incredible.

We hope to receive this special bald eagle with salmon piece in the next few weeks. We will shoot photos of it for the Free Spirit Gallery website before shipping it off to our customer. So stay tuned for the announcement of when this custom piece will be ready. In the meantime, go to our Northwest Native American Carvings section to see some of the artwork Gary and other master carvers have done.

Information and Facts on Polar Bears

One of the most loved creatures in Canada and elsewhere in the world are the polar bears. They are easily the top symbol for Canadian wildlife and definitely the most common image of the Arctic north. The Free Spirit Gallery website has a very interesting article with information and facts on polar bears complete with some nice pictures. Check out this polar bear article now for some quick info and pictures.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Masks of Aboriginal Canadians

The masks of aboriginal Canadians that we deal with here at Free Spirit Gallery are from the Northwestern Pacific coast region in BC Canada. The aboriginal Canadians of other parts of Canada do not seem to be into masks that much but we will always be on the lookout for any. Meanwhile, we will always try to keep in stock at least one or two aboriginal masks in our gallery. One of these masks are also in our Canadian Aboriginal art video.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Canadian First Nations Aboriginal Food Guide

The Canadian government have published a Food Guide for many years. But recently, they published a separate version for Canadian First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis people. Bannock, berries, wild game and canned milk are included in this new version of Canada's Food Guide. Like the standard Canadian Food Guide, the First Nations Aboriginal version shares the four food groups, serving sizes and a person's intake needs according to age. For more information on both the regular and Aboriginal versions, see Canada Food Guide.

For a look at their artwork, see Canadian First Nations Aboriginal Art.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Native American Salmon Image

One of the things many people like about our Northwest Native Salmon article is that there is not just one Native American salmon image, but two by different Native American artists. The article has photos of salmon carvings by Gary Baker as well as Cody Mathias, both master carvers from the Squamish Nation in BC Canada. It's interesting to see the two artistic representations of the salmon fish.

Of course, similar representations in the form of original Northwest Native salmon carvings are available at Free Spirit Gallery.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Native American Orca

The Northwest Native American orca is my favorite artistic representation of the killer whale. Whether they carve or draw the orca just swimming along or in a breached position jumping out of the water, the Northwest Native American artists obviously show that they just love killer whales. They look playful yet powerful. See some examples of the Northwest Native American orca.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Northwest Coast Native American Tools

One of the more interesting Northwest Coast Native American tools is the fishing hook. Since Northwest Coast Native American people have relied on the waters for fishing for thousands of years, they have developed some interesting fishing hooks especially to catch salmon fish which has been an animal important in their culture. The McCord Museum in Montreal has a collection of ancient Haida artifacts including old fishing hooks (see page 2 of article).

These fishing hooks which are intricately decorated, are also in a short Northwest Coast Native American video. Free Spirit Gallery, the producer of the video and article, specializes in Northwest Coast Native American art. Their website has become one of the largest sources of information on the artwork from the Northwest Coast region.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

African Drums from Africa Available

One of the most popular items among collectors of African art are the African drums. These musical instruments from Africa not only serves as real drums, but they are used as decorative pieces much like any other artwork. While Free Spirit Gallery doesn't deal with African art since our main focus is Inuit art and Native Indian art, we have identified a good source for African drums.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Pacific Northwest Coast Indian School Honored

The Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Tsimshian Academy in Lax Kw'alaamsis is among 8 Canadian schools in British Columbia recognized for leading the way in education. The school was honored for its community support and innovative methods in raising the academic as well as self-esteem levels of Pacific Northwest Coast Indian students. Just a few years ago, before the band council took "life into its own hands," less than 50% of Indian Lax Kw'alaamsis children attended school at times. Enrollment is now way up and students are interested in both education and learning about their Pacific Northwest Coast Indian culture.

As part of culture, see Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Art.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Couple To Return Land Back To Native Canadians

When Bruce and Marion Cumming of BC, Canada pass on, they will donate their Oak Bay home, worth more than $1,000,000 to the local Native Canadian Xaxe Tenew Sacred Land Society. Influenced by the Oka crisis in Quebec back in 1990, the Cummings are deeply offended by the injustice and treatment of Canada's native people.

"All over the world, native land has been usurped," Ms. Cumming said. Her husband added, "...we're trying to do something at a personal level, instead of perpetuating the colonial stand of the white settlers."

The home, which has views of sacred Mount Baker and Juan de Fuca Strait, will be used as a cultural and educational centre. "They are very kind and generous people," said Charles Elliot, a Native Canadian Salish art carver. "They have a deep understanding of what first nations people are up against, about the loss of our lands and our resources."

There is only one other known case in Canada where land has similarly been returned to Native Canadians and it's by the Cummings themselves, who gave their 288-acre New Brunswick farm to the local Native Canadian Maliseet people in 1992. The farm included three buildings, 280 acres of forest and half a kilometre of shoreline on the Nashwaak River. Today it is a healing and cultural centre operated by the Wolastokwiyik Nawicowok On the Land Program.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Accurate Postal Zip Codes are Important in Shipping Eskimo Art

According to FedEx, our shipper of choice for shipping of Eskimo art and American Indian art from Free Spirit Gallery, it is very important for customers to provide us with accurate postal zip codes. FedEx apparently uses these postal zip codes as the main indicator to separate shipments and if they are inaccurate, delays in shipping could result.

Recently, a shipment to New York city had the wrong postal zip code and even though the street address and city was there, a one day delay was still the result. So to avoid unneccesary delays and possible extra charges, correct postal zip codes, particularly for business addesses, should be provided when ordering our beautiful Eskimo art and American Indian art.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Polar Bear Inuit Carving and Killerwhale Native Carving Sold This Week

We were away overseas for a week but when we came back to Canada, there were orders for a polar bear Inuit carving as well as one of Gary Baker's killerwhale Native carvings. They were both promptly shipped out as they were the priority tasks for our first day back at our Inuit art and Native art gallery office. So we are back on schedule. See both Polar Bear Inuit Carvings and Killerwhale Native Carvings to see what is still available.