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.

white dancing polar bears inuit art carvings

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.

polar bear inuit sculptures art

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.

inuit carving walrus

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.



Wednesday, September 12, 2007

2008 Calendars with Arctic and Polar Bears

There are new 2008 calendars with Arctic and Polar Bears now at 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.

inuit art sculptures owls

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.