Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Alle Inuitskulpturen und Eskimoschnitzereien sind mit einem Igloo - Anhänger zur Echtheitsbestätigung der kanadischen Regierung versehen.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
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
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
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.
Free Spirit Gallery
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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
Friday, October 19, 2007
In the meantime, check out the Northwest Native Indian Carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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
"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
Other pieces can be seen at Inuit Inukshuks
Sunday, October 14, 2007
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
"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
Thursday, October 11, 2007
"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
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
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
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.
Free Spirit Gallery
Exquisite Inuit Eskimo & Northwest Native Art
Sunday, October 07, 2007
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
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
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
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
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Monday, October 01, 2007
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.