Saturday, June 30, 2007

Native American Website With New Design

Native American art website Free Spirit Gallery has been completely redesigned with a brand new look making it much easier for visitors to browse through both articles and artwork. Give it a spin at Free Spirit Gallery.

Friday, June 29, 2007

American Bald Eagle No Longer Endangered Species

I saw on the evening news last night that the American bald eagle was taken off the endangered species list which is great news. There are no longer in danger but I think that we still have to be careful in order to prevent the possibility of the bald eagle from facing extinction again. The bald eagle is not only symbolic for the US but also for the Native American people as well. If you missed yesterday's post, see the redesigned article on the Eagle in Native American Culture.

Here are also some nice bald eagle posters and prints available online;

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Eagle Feathers Significance In Native Culture

Slowly but surely, the information articles are being updated with the new look at Free Spirit Gallery. One of the articles just updated is the one about the eagle in Native American art which also includes discussion about eagle feathers significance in Native culture. Is is an interesting article which explains the role of the eagle for the Native Americans.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Native Art Free eCards Page Improved

The free eCards page featuring Native art and Inuit art was one of the pages improved with the new background yesterday. This should make the page much easier to view and use. There are currently 19 different eCards to choose from. So give it a spin and send a free eCard to one of your friends!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

African Art Tribal Masks African Culture Pages Up

The African art webpages including tribal masks of African culture have been upgraded to the new web design. You can see the main African pages at African Art Gallery and Art From Africa article.

Free Spirit Gallery does not carry African art but as a service to our visitors, we recommend certain online sources for quality artwork from Africa. Free Spirit Gallery carries Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Inuit Art and Eskimo Art Gallery With New Pages

The webpages for the Inuit art and Eskimo art carvings sections of Free Spirit Gallery are ready with the new look. All artwork available are now displayed on these new pages. The information articles have not been changed yet but are in the works. So in the meantime, go check out the Inuit carvings and Inuit prints with the new webpage design.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Only Two and a Half Weeks Before Inuit Art Gallery Moves

Inuit art gallery, Free Spirit Gallery, is moving to Toronto and the movers are coming in two and a half weeks. Therefore, orders for unique and one of a kind Inuit art sculptures should be placed right away so they could be shipped before the movers are here. Once the movers are here, there will be a transition period when we won't be able to get access to our stock. So take a look at what is currently available in our Inuit art gallery.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Northwest Indian Art Website To Start Improvements

Northwest Indian art website, Free Spirit Gallery, will be starting with a long process of improving its readability by converting many of its pages with lots of text to white background boxes. The home page, About Us, How to Order and all item pages will be the first set of webpages to get this improvement. Other pages will follow. It is a huge website so the process will be a long one but at least some of the most important pages will be converted already.

The Gallery page will gradually be phased out as the new home page will also serve as the gallery page. Visitors will be able to get to any product item category from the home page.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Northwest Pacific Coast Wood Sculptures Are Cedar

I received a question yesterday about our Northwest Pacific Coast wood sculptures or carvings. Since many of the purchases by customers are meant as gifts, the question was whether the backs of these carvings can be engraved with text. The Northwest Pacific Coast carvers tend to use either white or yellow cedar for their carvings since these are relatively soft wood to work with. They then use ink markers to write in the names of the carvings, the year and their own names on the backs. Engraving is not recommended since the wood is too soft for that. However, customers can easily use markers to add additional text in the backs of carvings.

See examples of Northwest Pacific Coast Wood Carvings.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Vancouver Olympics Logo Not As Bad As London's

When the inukshuk design for the next winter Olympics in Vancouver was launched, many thought that is was a very bad choice. However, when the new Olympics logo for the London games was announced, I think that one is even worse than the Vancouver one. The London logo looks very confusing and erratic. I think even though the initial reception of the Vancouver one wasn't great, most Canadians have accepted it since it does represent Canada with the inukshuk. But for the London one, I have no idea how that design represents Britain.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Raven and Indian Art from the Pacific Northwest

One of the most popular (and important) symbols in Indian art from the Pacific Northwest is the raven. To many non-Natives, this might be a peculiar choice since the raven is not the most colorful looking bird and certainly not as majestic as the eagle. But the raven does have an important place in Native Indian culture. See the article Raven and Indian Art for more interesting details.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Northwest Coast Native American Potlatch

One of the more interesting ceremonies of the Native peoples is the potlatch. The potlatch is a type of grand celebration hosted by a family to show off its wealth. More detailed information about this wonderful occasion is at the Northwest Coast Native American Potlatch article.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Pro Baseball's Team Logo Developed With Local Native Americans

The Spokane Indians of pro minor league baseball has a new logo that was developed with the local Native American Spokane tribe. This logo features an eagle feather, one of the most revered symbols in Native American culture.

One version of the baseball team's new logo is also written in Salish, the Spokane tribal native language that is also spoken in the Pacific Northwest region. This is the first time that a professional sports team has collaborated worked with a local Native American tribe to create a team identity.

"We have received so much positive local feedback on the new logo, but it is nice to know that people in our industry also appreciate the new logo," said Spokane Indians President, Andrew Billig. The Spokane Indians will wear their new uniforms and logo for the first time on during the team's opening night game on June 19.

For more info, see Native American Culture and Native American Art.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Haida Indian Orca Killer Whale

The Northwest Coast Haida Indian orca killer whale is part of a legend where it is a whale chief with a raven sitting on top of its dorsal fin. This is why sometimes we see in Northwest Coast Haida Indian art there is an orca killer whale with a raven together. Sometimes the raven is depicted as part of the orca's fin. For more background information on this animal represented in art, see Northwest Indian Orca Killer Whale.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Sopranos Should Have Used Fish Carvings

A TV episode of the Sopranos showed Tony Soprano getting one of those talking fishes for Christmas from his daughter. He didn't seem to happy to get one of these things. Maybe the daughter should have given him a hand made Northwest Native American fish carving instead. The salmon fish carvings at Free Spirit Gallery would have really impressed Tony.

Removed Links To Native Names eBook

The website for the Native Names and Meanings eBook seems to be down for the last week or two so we have decided to remove the links to it. Links were previously on this blog as well as some articles on our Free Spirit Gallery website. We wish to keep updated on all of our links to make sure they are functioning in order to better service our website visitors.

Free Spirit Gallery specializes in Inuit art and Northwest Native American art but also has information resources in Southwest Indian art as well as African tribal art.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Maps of Where the Inuit Live

Here are some maps of where the Inuit live in the Arctic north region of Canada. They show where the Arctic is in relation to the entire Canadian country and where the major Inuit communities are. Just click on the small map below to get to the article discussing these maps.


maps inuit live arctic canada

Montreal Area Inuit Art Customers Should Take Advantage of Sale

June will be the last month that Free Spirit Gallery will be in Montreal. So Montreal area customers should take advantage of the current moving sale in Inuit art and Northwest Indian art not only for the 10% discount, but for the quick personal delivery that all Montreal area clients have enjoyed in the past. After June, Free Spirit Gallery will be relocated to Ontario and this personal delivery service will be available only to customers in the greater Toronto area. So Montreal area Inuit art and Indian art lovers should check out what is available at Free Spirit Gallery right now to lock in both the 10% savings and ensure rapid personal delivery.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tlingit Northwest Native Art Being Damaged in Alaska

The sun is damaging one of Alaska's most important collections of contemporary Northwest Native art. The gallery at Stevens International Airport holds 150 masterpieces including Inupiat etched ivory tusks, Cup'ig beach grass baskets, a Tlingit Northwest Native carved canoe paddle and a floor-length Tlingit ceremonial blanket featuring a 2-foot-high raven shaped from tiny glass beads. All of these pieces are displayed in an area exposed to sunlight. Alaska's state conservator warns that the airport's treasured collection could be ruined within five years unless it is relocated or protected. Committed to protecting the pieces, Stephens Airport officials are relying on experts from the Alaska Arts Council and arts community to help them understand the airport's options.

Outdoor Northwest Native art such as the totem poles at Vancouver's Stanley Park require maintenance on a continuous basis. Therefore, it is highly recommended that any Northwest Native art carvings be kept indoors and away from constant sunlight if possible.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Northwest Native American Art Moving Sale

The moving sale announced yesterday at Free Spirit Gallery also applies to the Northwest Native American art as well as Inuit art. We will be moving from Montreal to Toronto in July. I would prefer to minimize the amount of Northwest Native American artwork that would have to be moved, so this is why this Special Moving Sale was announced. In addition to the already lower than street retail prices at Free Spirit Gallery, I am offering an additional 10% off on any artwork at the gallery. A $995 Northwest Native American art tribal mask such as the bear mask currently in our gallery would have a savings of almost $100.

As mentioned yesterday, this moving sale will not be announced on the website as I’m making this additional 10% savings available ONLY to previous customers and select visitors (including all visitors to this blog). The prices currently on the website will not be changed but if you place an order this month before the movers come in July), I will adjust your order price by knocking off another 10%. You should just add in a note on the order page to mention this moving sale in order to alert us that you are eligible for the additional 10% off.

So remember, once the movers come at the beginning of July, I won’t be able to offer this moving sale again so please consider taking advantage of it now.

Clint

Free Spirit Gallery

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Inuit Art Moving Sale at 10% Off

Inuit art gallery, Free Spirit Gallery is moving from Montreal to Toronto in July. Since I would prefer to minimize the amount of Inuit artwork that would have to be moved, I am announcing a Special Moving Sale. In addition to the already lower than street retail prices at Free Spirit Gallery, I am offering an additional 10% off on any artwork at the gallery. A $500 Inuit art piece such as a nice Inuit sculpture for example, would result in a nice $50 savings.

This moving sale will not be announced on the website as I’m making this additional 10% savings available ONLY to previous customers and select visitors (including all visitors to this blog). The prices currently on the website will not be changed but if you place an order this month in June (before the movers come in July), I will adjust your order price by knocking off another 10%. You should just add in a note on the order page to mention this moving sale in order to alert us that you are eligible for the additional 10% off.

So remember, once the movers come at the beginning of July, I won’t be able to offer this moving sale again so please consider taking advantage of it now.

Until next month (from our new home in Toronto),

Clint

Free Spirit Gallery

Friday, June 01, 2007

Southwest Native American Art on Buffalo Skulls

One of the more interesting art forms I've come across recently is Southwest Native American art painted on buffalo skulls. These are available at AAA Native Arts. Looks like the skulls come complete with the horns as well. This is one creative way to use materials that would otherwise be wasted and shows just how ingenius some Southwest Native American artists are.


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